As a teenager, Adalhi began volunteering at many programs helping our communities become healthier and safer to provide resources to people in need. He was involved with Weed and Seed in Central Long Beach and is a youth mentor for the California Conference for Equality and Justice. Adalhi is also in the process of completing the neighborhood leadership program at the Advanced Organizing Institute and is studying Radio and television broadcasting at LBCC. In the future, he looks forward to joining the Marine Corps and continuing his education.
Known to his friends as “Kingfish," Alvin immigrated to the United States in 2014 from the Philippines, having to still deal with the constant issues of poverty in Long Beach, living through the harsh realities of what he considers to be "two very distinct socio-economical societies." He is a member of the Democratic Socialist of America Long Beach and is an advocate for worker-owned cooperatives and the federalization of the Philippines.
Amber Galloway is a hardworking high school student from Compton, but resides in Los Angeles. She plans to major in Education. She likes to creatively express herself in any fashion. She loves helping people and sees Journalism as way to do that. When she is not doing school work or extracurricular activities, she enjoys gardening fruits and vegetables, reading, and drawing.
Ben Novotny is an alumnus of California State University, Long Beach where he majored in Journalism and minored in American Studies. At CSULB Ben was a staff writer for The Union Weekly, the student-run campus newspaper and was actively involved with the school's TV production studio. Ben was a Contributing Writer for The Long Beach Post and the Long Beach Business Journal and has been a Youth Reporter at VoiceWaves for four years.
Benyamin is a Long Beach native, growing up in North Long Beach. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 and is passionate about telling stories. In his free time, you can find Benyamin singing karaoke or researching local history.
Briana Mendez-Padilla is a Poly Junior who loves to read, write and listen to music. Her favorite book is "Jane Eyre" and she is a huge fan of The Smiths and Morrissey. Her dream is to be a writer and live in a treehouse in London.
I'm 16 years old, and I'm a junior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. After graduating, I would love to attend Cal State Fresno and major in journalism. I've loved writing since I was a little girl, writing exaggerated and elaborate stories about the people and things in my life. I'm an introvert so my free time is spent watching my faves on Netflix.
For the last four years Cindy has worked for YMCA of Greater Long Beach. As an after school program leader she has worked with underprivileged families assisting students with healthy living and youth development. Cindy currently studies literary journalism and sociology at UC Irvine and hopes to continue serving underprivileged communities by giving them a voice.
Desarae Gomez is a journalism student at Cal State Long Beach and is currently in her last semester. Desarae has aspirations to work as a foreign correspondent or investigative reporter. Although to make any kind of difference with her writing and work would be fulfilling. Fun facts: she is a true crime enthusiast, dabbles in graphic design, and claims to be a bookworm but is a binge watcher at heart.