Briana Mendez-Padilla

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.

Posts by Briana Mendez-Padilla:

Students walk together, toward the camera, while holding signs that say "clean energy now" and "fight climate change."

Long Beach youth host climate rally to raise awareness of demand for LBUSD to move away from fossil fuels

Oct. 6, 2021 / By
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The student group is asking the Board of Education and district leaders to move the school district's energy supply away from fossil fuels.
Grocery store aisles with fruits and vegetables.

For Long Beach grocery workers, soon to expire hero pay has helped with necessities and mental health during the pandemic

May. 12, 2021 / By
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Stores have been hesitant to embrace hero pay ordinances, but the additional dollars per hour have been beneficial for grocery workers.

Compound x VoiceWaves panel: Youth on feeling safe in their own communities

Nov. 30, 2020 / By , and
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In this clip from our panel at Compound in Long Beach, VoiceWaves Youth Reporters discuss why they do or do not feel safe hanging out in their communities.

Compound x VoiceWaves panel: Youth Reporters on becoming more aware of local social issues

Nov. 30, 2020 / By , and
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In our panel hosted at Compound in Long Beach, VoiceWaves Youth Reporters speak on how they began to become more aware of issues and disparities in Long Beach.

Compound x VoiceWaves clip: How environments have shaped youth growing up in Long Beach

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In this clip from our panel hosted at Compound, VoiceWaves Youth Reporters discuss how their environments have shaped how they grown up in Long Beach.

VIDEO: VoiceWaves youth speak on their experiences growing up in Long Beach

Oct. 29, 2020 / By , , and
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Our youth reporters speak on how environments, the pandemic, and local schools have impacted their lives.
A pen lays on top of a yet to be filled ballot for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election.

As election day nears, some youth express why they are frustrated with electoral politics

Oct. 29, 2020 / By
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Local youth say they are tired of being shamed for their stances on voting. They are looking to alternatives for creating change in their communities.
Online, ELL students don’t have the peer support they once had. The district has resources (in-home visits, homework helpline) but students don’t know about them. Internet connection and technology literacy pose barriers

Amid COVID-19, How do English Learners Learn from Home?

Jun. 8, 2020 / By
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For ELL students, being out of school can mean being away from helpful teachers and peers.
Based on your preferences, discover which feminist icon you are most like!

QUIZ: Which Feminist Icon Are You?

Mar. 23, 2020 / By , , , and
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Based on your preferences, discover which feminist icon you are most like!

Students of Color at Center of LBUSD Forum

Feb. 29, 2020 / By
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A parent-led LBUSD candidate's forum in mid-February took on the achievement gap, school climate and also highlighted the needs of students of color and those with special needs.

SoCal youth learn about social injustices at CCEJ gender justice camp

Feb. 24, 2020 / By
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Through posters, skits and more, students at the camp learned about how to recognize their own privileges and advocate for others.

Award-winning painter showcases ocean ripples, pollution awareness at Aquarium of the Pacific

Nov. 26, 2019 / By
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"Finding aesthetic elegance helps me cope with the destruction," said ocean and water artist Danielle Eubank.