Alyson Bryant

Alyson Bryant Alyson Bryant was raised in Long Beach and is a graduate of Long Beach Poly High. Alyson has learned and seen a lot since high school, witnessing first-hand gang violence and the effects it had on her friends and fellow classmates– from going to jail to being killed. As a result, she has a strong passion for at-risk youth and her community. She is a youth mentor for at the California Conference for Equality and Justice and focuses her work on Long Beach youth in schools and detention centers. Since high school, she has obtained a A.S. degree in criminal justice and is now working on her B.A. With the opportunity she has be given by VoiceWaves, she is able to tell story about Long Beach and the issues it faces and speak for the communities whose voices are often marginalized.

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A Q&A With Senator Ricardo Lara

Apr. 13, 2013 / By
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What many don’t know about Senator Ricardo Lara was that his first love was journalism.

“I had the best journalism teacher in the 8th grade,” said Lara, who is a native of Commerce, CA...

The Peace Builders: Building Bridges Camp

Mar. 30, 2013 / By
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When Woodrow Wilson High School teacher Mike Smith suffered of a heart attack years ago, he became a part of Building Bridges Camp history...

Local Residents Reflect on Bullying in Long Beach

Mar. 11, 2013 / By
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They say it takes a village to raise a child and according to Long Beach parents, students and community members, ending bullying is no different...

Young Women in LB do the Math on Guns

Feb. 26, 2013 / By
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Just last year, 14 youth in Long Beach where killed by gun shots ranging from age 16-25...

Report from the Dream Brave Summit

Feb. 3, 2013 / By
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I didn’t really know what to expect when I met with other young people from Long Beach to go to the Dream Brave Summit...

Long Beach Veterans Share Their Stories

Jan. 27, 2013 / By
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Coming back from war is hard, here are some stories.

By VoiceWaves Youth Reporter Alyson Bryant

Last year the Veterans Administration treated almost 100,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to Democracy Now...

Gang Injunctions: a Secret in Long Beach

Dec. 15, 2012 / By
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Anytime after 10 p.m., 18-year old Mike gets a little scared to be in his neighborhood...

Think Outside the Box: Justine and Alyson

Nov. 7, 2012 / By and
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By Justine Calma

When I see an Asian man in the media I am usually confronted with one of two stereotypes...