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BHC Long Beach Youth Committee Launches Every Student Matters Campaign!

This past weekend as we celebrated the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the farm workers movement, the Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach Youth Committee followed in the footsteps of equality and justice as they publicly launched their first campaign: Every Student Matters (ESM)! Over 270 people were in attendance for the launch!

The ESM campaign is centered around the need to reform school discipline policies on a district wide level, moving away from punitive and exclusionary practices to more effective and positive practices to address discipline and keep students in the classroom where they belong! The community forum highlighted stories from students, parents and the president of the Teacher's Association of Long Beach (TALB). The launch also highlighted a two-page fact sheet that compiled data from the district and data from a survey that was administered to over 2,000 students in middle and high school in LBUSD.
You can download the 2-page fact sheet here:

Long Beach Community Members Stage 24-hour Hunger Strike in Protest of SCIG

Dozens of community advocates and stakeholders participated in a 24-hour hunger strike in opposition to Southern California Intermodal Gateway (SCIG) in front of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Hancock Park home this past friday. The action came as a response to the LA Harbor Commissioners vote to approve the Final EIR, where over 300 community members and stakeholders mobilized to oppose the project.

The video clip above highlights part of the full day action.

Community Member Spotlight!

Raymond Chavarria
1. Tell us a little about your personal history in Long Beach
I graduated from Phineas Banning High School in 1977.  I attended San Diego State University and Cal State Long Beach pursing an degree in education.  I graduate from Long Beach City College with Associate Arts degree in LIberal Arts. I have lived in Long Beach for 36 years since 1977.  My entire family  of 65 members live in Central Long Beach and everyone is a US Citizen as well as property owners.  I have educated my family members to register and vote. I lived with my Mother of 75 years who also volunteers in the community and my sister with five children graduate from Wilson High.

Advanced Organizing Institute Application Deadline Extended!

Applications are due by Tuesday, April 16th. More information and applications at: http://centroshalom.org/en/component/content/article/67. Submitting a typed, electronic copy is best. Please pass along to your networks!

To summarize, the Institute:
  • Is provided at no cost to participants thanks to funding from the California Endowment BHC Initiative
  • Begins with a weekend retreat at Aldersgate Retreat in the Pacific Palisades on May 31st (12pm departure) - June 2nd (2pm arrival)
  • Extends for 20 weeks, meeting 2 evenings a week from 7-9pm on either M/W or Tues/Thurs (tbd)
  • Will integrate internships with local organizations for hands-on application of organizing skills
  • Ends with a weekend retreat Nov 1-3, 2013.
  • Funded six graduates from the class of 2012 and is currently seeking funding to place 2013 graduates in full-time organizing positions working on organizing campaigns in Long Beach for 2014.
  • All ages are encouraged to apply.

Table of Contents


LA Clippers Fit Campus
April 5th
Ernest McBride Park

Neighborhoods Work Group
April 8th
BHC Long Beach Office

Schools Work Group
April 8th
St. Luke's Church

Youth Work Group Meeting
April 10th
Khmer Girls In Action

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: www.bhcamericorps.org or contact Kendra Jennis, AmeriCorps Facilitator at kjennis@csulb.edu.

Upcoming Community Events

People's State of the City

Join us for Long Beach's People's State of the City 2013!

Last year, over 300 residents came together to the first-ever People's State of the City which aimed to reflect the realities and voices of Long Beach residents.

Thursday, April 11th
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Grace UMC Church
2325 E. 3rd St
Long Beach, CA

Facebook Event Page


This year, we'll:
* Highlight community organizing victories from the past year
* Look at issues facing Long Beach residents, including jobs, housing, the safety and health of our neighborhoods, education, the environment, and immigration
* Connect with each other around a plan to ensure that our voices are heard and represented in Long Beach

This community forum is being organized and co-sponsored by a coalition of organizations, including ‘Aikona: Sustainability in Service, Anakbayan, Building Healthy Communities (Long Beach), BHC Youth Committee, The Center Long Beach, California Faculty Association (Long Beach), Clergy Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) South Bay, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Filipino Migrant Center, Green Education Inc., Green Long Beach, Housing Long Beach, Khmer Girls in Action, LAANE, LB Area Peace Network, LBCC Civic Engagement Club, LBCC Community Studies Program, LB Coalition for Good Jobs & a Healthy Community, LB Immigrant Rights Coalition, LB Time Exchange, Miguel Contreras Foundation, Men Making a Change. 

*Childwatch and Spanish/Khmer Translation will be provided*

Contact: (562) 396-4552
Email: GoodJobsLongBeach@gmail.com

Los Angeles Clippers Fit Campus Playground & Court Refurbishment

The Los Angeles Clippers, The California Endowment and KIA have partnered to deliver the Clippers FIT Campus Playground & Court Refurbishment Program. Three locations have been selected to receive a playground and basketball court refurbishment; Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles and Long Beach. We have selected Ernest McBride Park located at 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave to be the Long Beach location. The refurbishment of the playground would include replacement of the existing playground equipment, resurfacing the playground area by removing the sand and placing a wood fiber and rubber surface per city guidelines and resurfacing the basketball court and replacing the poles and backboards. In addition to the refurbishment of the playground and courts we will hold a special opening ceremony where members of the Clippers team and coaching staff host a FIT clinic for a select group of children.
Friday, April 5, 2013
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ernest McBride Park
1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave
Long Beach, CA

Healthy by Design: Creating Neighborhoods that Promote Wellness

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is in the process of updating the state's general plan guidelines, which provide suggestions for planning our communities and could have an impact on our health. Join CPEHN and ChangeLab Solutions for an opportunity to influence the process and ensure that health and equity are incorporated in the update. Staff from OPR will be in attendance and want to hear from you!

Healthy by Design: Creating Neighborhoods that Promote Wellness will provide you the opportunity to:

  • Make the connection between how communities are planned and health
  • Hear how local communities have incorporated health in their general plan
  • Share ideas with the Office of Planning and Research as it updates the general plan guidelines
Register today!


Los Angeles
April 15, 2013
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
The California Endowment
1000 North Alameda Street

Co-hosts: Alliance for a Better Community, Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, Community Health Councils, The Kennedy Commission, Latino Health Access, St. John's Well Child & Family Center

Influence how California Violence Prevention Dollars are Spent!

Help shape the future of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program in California by completing the 2013 JAG survey. The Board of State and Community Corrections is seeking input from justice system stakeholders and interested members of the public throughout the state to determine the criminal justice system needs and funding priorities.

You may forward this message to anyone who you believe would be interested in completing the JAG survey. Only one response per person is allowed. The survey will be available for response through April 30, 2013.

To access the survey, click the link below:

Internship Opportunities

Great Opportunity for Struggling Agencies

Our mission is to raise-up a new generation of change leaders for the church and the world who will spend their whole lives working to expand God's reign of peace and justice for all people. EUIP prepares young adults to become such leaders.

EUIP is part of the Episcopal Service Corps (ESC), a netwok of young adult programs within the Episcopal Church that work for social change and personal transformation through service to others. Local agencies are available for you to speak about their experiences with our interns.

Would you like to have an intern at your agencey? You can have a full-time, college-educated, passionate, committed to social justice, skilled (many are bilingual) intern placed at your agency for 11.5 months for only $20,000. A new class is forming right now, so please contact us right away!

For more information please contact Suzanne, email: hopeinhollywood@gmail.com or phone: 323-469-3993.


The State of Black Long Beach - A Call to Action for a Black Agenda
Download a copy of the report here.

The State of Black Long Beach Report documents the historical development and the statistics that are a part of the daily lives of African American residents in Long Beach.

Healthy City - BHC Data and Mapping Tool
Healthy City Central & West Long Beach Map
HealthyCity.org 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

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

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