Hosted by Compound Long Beach, VoiceWaves Youth Reporters spoke on many issues at the Living in the LBC panel on Oct. 24. Our reporters discussed how their lives have been impacted by the environments they grew up in, the pandemic, and the local schools they’ve attended. They also address what can be done to improve the issues they touch on.
Panel participants, from left to right: VoiceWaves Youth Reporters Nick Eismann, Briana Mendez-Padilla, Ceferino Martirez, and VoiceWaves editor Carlos Omar.
Carlos is a longtime resident of North Long Beach who graduated from CSULB's journalism program in 2019. While there, he held multiple editorial positions at the Daily 49er and served as managing editor for the inaugural edition of DIG en Español. His passion for social change was sparked by growing up in an underinvested portion of the city, and continues to be fueled by the desire to see a day when all people live in healthy communities.
Ceferino Martirez is a photojournalist with VoiceWaves. He is a history and history education major at CSULB who joined VoiceWaves in 2018. Martirez’s work focuses on street photography and protest coverage. His work with VoiceWaves has focused on using his photography to capture community voices on issues like housing, labor, and youth rights.