Voice of OC Recognizes Community Leaders at Exclusive Ambassadors Event

Voice of OC Ambassadors recently lauded three community leaders who have made a difference through penning editorials in the Voice opinion section. 

The exclusive event at Zov’s Bistro included invitations for donors who support Voice of OC at a minimum of $1,000 every year or $84 every month, called Ambassadors. Right now is the best time to become an Ambassador because contributions are tripled by the national NewsMatch fund and a local matching fund. “One of the things I’m most proud of at Voice is our Op-Ed writers,” said Voice of OC Publisher and Founder Norberto Santana, Jr. “They take up their pens and take action in the community — spurring vibrant discussions.”

Santana told VOC Ambassadors that the Opinion section is an integral piece of building a civically engaged community allowing residents to express local policy ideas in a coherent and respectful manner. The Opinion section also reaches people who influence or make important decisions in the community offering them a chance to gage community opinion, Santana added. “No matter who you are, you can stand toe to toe with the community decision makers on that Op-Ed page and make your point,” Santana said.

Voice of OC Arts & Culture Section Lauded in National Awards

Voice of OC Senior Arts Editor Paul Hodgins is a two-time finalist in the 12th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Finalists were selected from more than 900 entries for work produced in 2018, with awards given out Dec. 1. Voice of OC’s Arts & Culture section had just launched in the period recognized by judges. Hodgins is lauded for “Is It Time for Local Arts Leadership to Reflect a Changing World” in the Commentary & Analysis on the Arts section and for “One Year After Opening, is Argyros Plaza Really Working?”

OC Legal Clinic 1 Year Celebration

The following is a press release from an organization unaffiliated with Voice of OC. The views expressed here are not those of Voice of OC.  

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OC Legal Clinic 1 Year Celebration

The Orange County Legal Clinic was established in October 2018 after a gap in legal clinics being offered. Members from Chicanxs Unidxs and Resilience Orange County had been working with youth as young as 12 years old who were facing felonies, youth who were being denied special education services, youth who were being suspended and expelled from schools, young adults trying to find a second chance at life, adults trying to get off gang injuctions and gang databases. The need to create a space where community members could be linked or could get help was obvious and they reached out to Youth Justice Coalition from Los Angeles to train them.