Congratulations to Berkeley City College student Serena Witherspoon. She will receive the Indie Award at an East Bay Youth Media Awards ceremony, 7-9 p.m., Wed., Sept. 23, at Preservation Park’s Nile Hall, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland. The awards are hosted by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and sponsored by a variety of Bay Area media and news organizations, including Adobe, the Akonadi Foundation, the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), Comcast, ETOP, Hack the Hood, Hands Helping Hands, KBLX Radio, KTVU, NBC Bay Area, Pixar, Youth Radio and others.
Awards are presented to dynamic individuals who have demonstrated an independent voice in social media, bringing greater public awareness to a current social issue. Ms. Witherspoon writes a Huffington Post-published blog which raises awareness about the importance of youth taking advantage of the voting system to make positive changes in our world.
Witherspoon has a genuine concern for the planet and the people on it. She has decided to not accept the status quo and encourage her peers to help be the change the world so desperately needs. She is currently working with her mentor Joan Blades at “Living Room Conversations” to make positive and reflective political conversations a part of high school education.
For details and information about how to purchase tickets, visit mediaawards2015.org