Youth Reporters

Adalhi Montes

Adalhi Montes

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.

Alvin Engo (The Kingfish)

“Loyalty to the Kingfish," Spoke in great words by Alvin, to his most loyal of friends “Kingfish” He 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, as an advocate for worker-owned cooperatives and federalization of the Philippines.

Amber Galloway

Amber Galloway

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

Ben Novotny

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.

Chantera Walton

Chantera Walton

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.

Cindy Maldonado

Cindy Maldonado

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

Desarae Gomez

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.

Elizabeth Campos

Elizabeth Campos

Elizabeth Campos is a journalism student at Cal State University Long Beach and is also minoring in political science. After living in Mexico for 15 years she now uses writing to understand what goes on around her and inform the community. Elizabeth likes going to concerts and trying out different types of food.

Gustavo Ortega

Gustavo Ortega

My name is Gustavo Ortega and I am on my last semester at California State University, Long Beach. I will be majoring in Journalism, with a minor in Spanish. I was born in Mexico, but have been raised in Los Angeles since I was 10-years-old. I developed my passion for journalism when I was in community college. Growing up with two different cultures encourages me to write stories in both languages. My career goal is to be an on-air talent or reporter for radio or T.V, whether it is in news or sports.