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Youth in Action! Campaign Planning and Dreaming Brave!

January has been a busy month for the BHC Long Beach Youth Committee as they are getting ready to publicly launch their Every Student Matters Campaign.
For the past year, these youth and supporting organizations have been hard at work developing skills, gaining knowledge and forming bonds with each other as they have a long road ahead of them. They're three-day retreat to Pali Mountain Retreat and Conference Center provided the opportunity for our young people to concentrate on their campaign and subcommittees: Media, Action Research, Allies and Campaign Planning, but to also enjoy the mountains and snow!
Youth Committee Retreat Group PIcture
Group Picture on day two of the retreat.

Playing Giants, Wizards and Dwarves.

Listening intently on a session of LBUSD Statistics

The work didn't stop there for some youth as several participated in the day-long Dream Brave Youth Summit held at The California Endowment on Monday, January 21st. A recent partnership with TCE and the Born This Way Foundation led to over 150 youth from across the state coming together for a day of collective action to demand a plan and promote the message of bravery. 

A Group of Young Men from Centro CHA Posing with the Bus

At the end of the march at Staples Center.

Here's what some of the youth had to say about the experience:
This message [of bravery] inspires me to live my truth, and to support others in living theirs, unconditionally. 

[Bravery is] important to me because to be brave means to stand out to me.

My favorite part was the march [to the staples center] and playing the drums.
My favorite part of the Dream Brave Youth Summit was going to the concert and hearing Lady Gaga give an empowering message throughout - her message does not just stop through the vehicle of her Born This Way Foundation, but she strives to empower fans of all ages at each of her concerts.

Thank you to all of our youth that have put in a lot of time and effort to Build a Healthier Community in Long Beach. We are excited of the work ahead!


Advanced Organizing Institute Graduates 16 Young Adults

Written by Katie Virant

Congratulations to the graduates of the Advanced Organizing Institute at Centro Shalom, Class of 2012! On November 10th, 2012, the Institute graduated 16 young adults from the intensive five-month institute. Funded by The California Endowment, the mission of the Advanced Organizing Institute is to create a cadre of young adults trained in advanced organizing skills who will implement policy and system change consistent with the vision of the  Building Healthy Communities Initiative. The sixteen resident-graduates listed below are well on their way to leading transforming change in the City of Long Beach.


Students Struggle As Tuition Continues to Rise

By VoiceWaves Reporter Adalhi Montes

When Long Beach City College was first established in the late 1960's, tuition was $60 per term. Yes, that's right--$60 for the whole term, not per unit or per class.

Throughout the years, tuition costs have steadily risen in California. Today, the average price of being a full-time student at LBCC is about $1,802, up from $280 from the year prior.


Featured Articles

Long Beach water submetering effort takes concerns of low-income residents into account

LONG BEACH - An advocacy group for low-income individuals is urging Long Beach to weigh tenant rights at the city moves forward with drafting an ordinance that would place water submeters in new multifamily residences.

The City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to direct staff to confer with apartment groups, building and trade representatives and tenant groups before writing the submetering law. Officials are pushing the measure as a way to increase water conservation and plan to include the changes in Long Beach's triennial building code update set to take effect Jan. 1.


Table of Contents


710 Project Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 31
Paramount, CA

Body & Soul Wellness Forum
Thursday, February 7
St. Mary Medical Center

Free DACA Seminar
Monday, February 11
YWCA Harbor Area & South Bay

Housing Long Beach Community Forum
Wednesday, February 13
The Neighborhood Church

Full Calendar of Events


Community Map
Community Action Plan
The California Endowment
Long Beach TIme Exchange
ommunity Partners


Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach and the Long Beach TIme Exchange have started an exciting new partnership! Using the model of the time exchange, Time Exchange members will be able to earn credits participating/volunteering at qualifying BHC Long Beach events and vice versa! To read more about the Time Exchange and how you can get involved, you can check out their website!


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VoiceWaves is a Long Beach youth-led journalism and media-training project. The youth, ages 16-24, are learning to report, write, and create digital journalism content. Their reports will raise awareness of  healthy community issues and activate change action in Central and West Long Beach. Read stories by Voicewaves reporters on their website:


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BHC Statewide has combined forces with AmeriCorps to provide direct youth mentoring services. In Long Beach, we have 10 AmeriCorps members working with Long Beach Youth to address positive youth development and resiliency, offer youth skills and support to increase physical and emotional safety, decrease violence, and lay the foundation for healthy and productive lives. 
To learn more about the AmeriCorps program, you can visit their website: or contact Kendra Jennis, AmeriCorps Facilitator at

Upcoming Community Events

National Youth Institute Conference

creating friends  |  developing skills  |  building the future

A conference for professionals and agencies who want to learn about the Youth Institute.

March 10-13, 2013
Camp Ocean Pines
1473 Randall Drive
Cambria, CA 93428

Register now online:
Conference Fee: $375 per participant

Instruction, Lodging and Meals included - 4 days & 3 nights

Learn how to develop a Youth institute program. Hear from current rural, urban and in-school Replications sites. Sessions on Youth Development, Technology, Data & Evaluation, the Wilderness Retreat, Youth Recruitement & Retention, Teambuilding and more. Youth produced content will be showcased and presented.

This conference is designed for Program Directors and above who are interested in starting a Youth Institute or who just want to get ideas and learn about research as to why Youth Development, academic support and workforce skill training should be in all of our program designs. 

Bobby Klein, Youth Institute Operations Director  | 562-624-5477

"From Prosecution to Empowerment" Conference
Fighting Human Trafficking and Promoting the Rights of Migrants

What is human trafficking? How extensive is human trafficking? What are constructive ways of eradicating human trafficking?

While there is scarcely a more high profile social problem today than human trafficking, we actually know little about this issue. Despite claims in the media, there simply is not accurate count of forced labor or human trafficking. Even more problematic, some define and treat trafficking as a crime, while others conceptualize the issue as a social problem caused to structural inequalities. These competing definitions of trafficking continue to distort a pragmatic framework of this issue.

From Prosecution to Empowerment will engage in clarifying the term and scope of "human trafficking" and will feature scholars, advocates, and activists who have worked directly with vulnerable groups including domestic workers, farm workers and sex workers. Conference participants aim to develop empirically grounded solutions to trafficking, advocating for the empowerment and autonomy of vulnerable peoples and going beyond the one-size-fits-all model of rescue and prsecution advocated by the U.S. Department of State. The main goals of the conference are to situate the war on trafficking in the broader struggle for migrant human rights, o bring civic leaders from different sectors into conversation with scholars, social workers and activists, and to begin to develop policy recommendations.

From Prosecution to Empowerment: Fighting Human Trafficking and Promoting the Rights of Migrants
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Registration begins at 8am
Program is from 9am - 5pm
Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California.


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Free Daca Seminar

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?
A new policy by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allows certain young immigrants who do not have lawful immigration status, and who came to the United States as children, to remain in the U.S. temporarily without fear of deportation. This new policy is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The immigrants who can apply for deferred action under this policy are often called DREAMers.
Immigrants who are approved for DACA will not be deported and can get permission to legally work in the U.S. for two years, with possible renewal. To qualify for DACA, immigrants must have come to the U.S. before age 16, must have attended school in the U.S. or served in the military, and meet other eligibility requirements.

Monday, Februrary 11, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm
YWCA Harbor Area & South Bay
437 West 9th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Please RSVP at 310-547-0831
The seminar will be free of charge.
It will be a bilingual (English/Spanish) presentation.
Light Refreshments will be served!

Contact: Margaret Hernandez  | 310-547-0831  |

CCEJ Fundraiser - Master Class

CCEJ is excited to announce a great opportunity to support they human relations work and attend a showing of Master Class at the International City Theater in Long Beach

Thursday, March 28, 2013
6:30pm - Private VIP Reception with Appetizers
Show Time at 8:00pm

International City Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Enjoy a fantastic show and show support for CCEJ's crucial human relations work in Long Beach!
Tickets are $75 per person (Includes a $30 tax deductible donation.)
If you are unable to join us, please consider donating a ticket for a student to enjoy the show.


For full details and reservations, please call Amy Mize at 562-435-8184 or email:

Body & Soul Wellness Forum

Thursday, February 7, 2013
4:00pm - 8:00pm FREE

Registration, Health Fair, Screenings, Music & Refreshments: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Speakers: 5:00pm - 7:45pm
Give-Aways & Close: 7:45pm - 8:00pm

John Edward Parr Health Enhancement Center
St. Mary Medical Center
1050 Linden Avenue (Enter on 10th), Long Beach, CA 90813

Each of the following will speak for a short period, followed by written questions from the audience. Cards will be provided.

  • Pastor Gregory Sanders, Spirituality & Health
  • K. Marie Anthony, RNP, MSN, Exercise & the Healthy Heart
  • Joanne Williams-Lozoya, M.D., Cancer Awareness & Prevention
  • Sharon Sauser, RCP, RRT, Preventing Asthma
  • Rosa Kelson, American Cancer Society, Cancer Prevention Study 3
  • Minnie Douglas, Ed.D., Mistress of Ceremonies
To reserve your space or for additional information, please call
1-888-4STMARY (1-888-478-6279)

22nd Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast
A gift to the community from Gene and Ann Lentzner

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

Azim Khamisa
Author, Activist & Inspirational Speaker

Teaching People How to Achieve Peace Through the Practice of Forgiveness

6:45am - 7:30am - Registration & Boutique
7:30am - 9:00am - Program & Breakfast
9:00am - 9:30am - Boutique & Book Signing

For reservations please contact:
The California Conference for Equality and Justice
444 West Ocean Blvd, Ste 940, Long Beach, CA 90802
T: 562-435-8184  | F: 562-435-8318
Seating is limited. Reservations required by February 5, 2013

Grant Opportunities
Outreach and Education Grant Program

Covered California is accepting applications for the Outreach and Education Grants program to help reach millions of uninsured and subsity eligible Californians about their affordable health care options that will be available to them starting in 2014. The deadline for grant applications is March 4, 2013.

For more information on where to apply and to access the application, please visit:


Fellowship & Other Program Opportunities

UCLA Summer Enrichment Program
The David Geffen School of Medecine at UCLA is currently accepting applications for the following summer academic enrichments programs:
  • Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP)
  • Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) and 
  • ReApplication Post baccalaureate Program (RAP)
PREP is a seven week summer academic enrichment program that targets students from disadvantaged/underrepresented backgrounds. Students are exposed to the rigors of academic medicine and dentistry. Included are preceptor ships with physicians in clinical and research settings. The program is enhanced by students being mentored in intimate, structured cluster groups by trained teaching assistants; accomplished medical students. The program is free, however housing is not provided. As stipend is given to students for living expenses. The postmark deadline for submission of all required material is March 1, 2013. Applications and further program information is available at:  |

SMDEP is a six-week summer academic enrichment program that targets educationally and financially disadvantaged freshman and sophomore college students by providing intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. This national program is funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program is free. Provided are on campus housing and some meals. Deadline for applying is March 1, 2013. Application and further information can be found at the following websites: (application)  | (specific information on UCLA SMDEP)  |

RAP is a post baccalaureate program that is designed to assist students who meet all the following criteria: are California residents, from disadvantaged and/or underserved backgrounds, committed to practicing in underserved communities in California, and who applied but were unsuccessful in gaining admissions to any U.S. medical school. The eleven-month program is conducted in two sessions, summer and academic year. The priority deadline for applying is May 7, 2013. Final deadline May 14, 2013. Application and further information can be found at the following websites: (application)  | (specific information on UCLA RAP)  |

Green Business and Coaching Mentoring Program

In partnerships with Accenture and the International Coach Federation (ICF), Green For All is proud to offer the 2013 Business Mentoring and Coaching Program for Green Entrepreneurs. This is a wonderful opportunity to be matched with experienced executives and certified coaches to help you problem-solve business challenges, reach company milestones, and build successful green enterprises.

In an effort to build an inclusive green economy, Green For All will select promising entrepreneurs from around the nation to join this competitive program at no cost. Applications are available online ( and are due Friday, February 1st by 5:00pm. Click here for more information and program requirements. For any questions or comments, contact Khary Dvorak-Ewell, Senior Associate (Business Engagement), at or at 510-663-6500.


Healthy City - BHC Data and Mapping Tool
Healthy City Central & West Long Beach Map is an easy-to-use online platform for accessing data, creating maps, and finding local information on services. Click the link above to access the Healthy CIty Map specifically for BHC Long Beach!

California Immigrant Integration Scorecard
Download the Report and Materials
USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration presents innovative California Scorecard, includes regional ratings of immigrant progress

Job Opportunities

Health Promotion Manager
The Health Promotion Manager consults and designs wellness strategies for employers, consultants and consumers to win new business, retain accounts, and grow membership in all lines of business. Key health promotion activities and responsibilities include developing multi-year wellness plans and engagement strategies, worksite wellness consulting, conducing customer worksite wellness assessments, designing customized wellness solutions, promoting a culture of health, and leveraging WellPoint's wellness and healthy lifestyle behaviors capabilities as market-place differentiators with the employer and consultant communities.

Apply online at job number #62276.

Contact BHC Long Beach

If you'd like to get involved in BHC Long Beach or would like to know more information, feel free to give us a call, stop by or visit our website.

BHC Long Beach
920 Atlantic Ave, #102
Long Beach, CA 90813

Rene Castro, Hub Manager

Ana Bonilla, Hub Coordinator

Julia Castaneda, Admin Assistant

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