Assemblymember Lowenthal Honors 30 Under 30 Who Make a Difference

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Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal recognizes local women with 30 Under 30 awards.

It reads like a Who’s Who of Tomorrow, the list of 30 young women who received a special community award from Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal last week.

“Our future depends on these young women, and on young women and men just like them,” said Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. “It’s absolutely critical that we acknowledge their efforts and help them on their way.”

Their contributions and experiences are varied: Alicia Rodriguez is the city’s Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocate and volunteers at the Long Beach Women’s shelter; Lauren Wedekind turned her Girl Scout Gold Project to donate books to Compton schools into a non-profit that’s collected over 3,000 books; and Panha Tina Thuch received the Spirit of Cambodia Town Award and a community volunteer award from SCAN Health Plan. 

“Thirty under 30 has a good ring to it, and I’m very proud of these young women,” said Lowenthal, “but I honestly think there are hundreds and thousands of young people who deserve more attention, more encouragement and more guidance than they’re getting.”

The 30 Under 30 Awards for Make A Difference Day were presented at Long Beach City College’s Foundation Building on October 20, 2011.

“We should all be proud of them,” Lowenthal said. “Their families, their schools, their co-workers … all of us.”

For more information about the women honored with the 30 Under 30 awards, visit this article from the Press Telegram.

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