Marcela Contreras Receives Writer for Social Justice Award

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Long Beach High School student Marcela Contreras received the Writers for Social Justice Award from the Herstory organization, based on a memoir she wrote and shared at the Herstory Gala in April. In reading her story, she brought awareness about a crucial issue that many students and their families experience.

Throughout the school year, with support of Long Beach High School staff member Kelly Dass, Marcela and twelve other Long Beach students participated in a Herstory internship at Hofstra University. The experience provided them opportunities to collaborate with current college students to develop memoirs and promote social justice reform.

The Herstory organization’s mission is to give a voice to people whose stories have been silenced and to change attitudes, policies, and lives while creating a powerful body of new grassroots, community- based literature.