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Thank you to all of our interns!

Amber Brawley

Master of Social Work (MSW); CSU, Dominguez Hills
Graduation Date: May 2014

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to intern with Building Healthy Communities. I've met many awesome people who are dedicated to social justice-their hard work is making this city a better place for all of us. I am especially thankful to Rene, Ana, Julia and Laura at the BHC office for being so helpful and supportive throughout my time here. I also want to thank Tiffany, Fanya, Josh and Susan from All of Us or None and A New Way of Life for their dedication to standing up for the civil rights of the formerly incarcerated. This is a group of amazing people that I have come to respect and admire. I look forward to continuing the efforts along side of them. Overall, this internship has been an enlightening and inspiring experience. I have learned skills that I will be able to utilize and build on for the rest of my life. I cannot express my gratitude enough-thanks BHC!


Taylor Holm
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW); CSU, Long Beach
Graduation Date: May 2014

My experience here at BHC has served as a catalyst for further growth as a macro level social worker. The experiences I have been blessed with throughout my internship have provided me with opportunities to grow as a social worker in countless ways. Perhaps the most memorable, was my involvement in planning and putting on Skate Day 2014. Working collaboratively with the ASK foundation and local youth groups, Skate Day served to promote healthy youth development as well as encourage skating and skate parks as "alternative" forms of healthy recreation in Long Beach. I believe the outcome of the event not only achieved these goals, but surpassed expectation. The outcome of Skate Day 2014 has made my dream upon incorporating my passion for skateboarding with youth development a tangible reality. My time here at BHC has cultivated into confidence upon the skills I have obtained through experience over the past 7 months.

After Graduation I will be traveling to Indonesia for 2 months to partake in my lifelong dream of surfing the best waves in the world with my father. Upon my return, I hope to pursue a career in community level social work. That is as much as I have planned for now.

Kristen Knerr
Master of Social Work (MSW); CSU, Long Beach
Graduation Date: May 20, 2014

Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach has exposed me to so many wonderful assets in our community. The people, the organizations and the work being done have made me a better social worder and have helped me prepare me to be a leader in my community. I received the opportunity to supervise undergraduate students, a position that many social workers don't get experience in until well into their career. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work with BHC has been the connection I've built with the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community and the relationships I've fostered with some of the most passionate, engaging community organizers around. I'm looking forward to spreading what I've learned beyond Long Beach by taking the skills and knowledge I've gained back to my hometown in Northern California, which is in dire need of community advocacy and empowerment. Thank you BHC Long Beach, The Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, CSULB BSW Practicum Students and the community of Long Beach for empowering me to empower others!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

TONIGHT: Film Screening and Filmmaker Discussion: Come Hell or High Water

Please join East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice for the free film premier and discussion of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek with film maker Leah Mahan. 
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 to 9:30 PM

Doors open: 7 PM l Film Screening: 7:15 PM
(Film run time: 55 minutes)

Reception following screening

Art Theatre of Long Beach
2025 E. 4th Street 
Long Beach, CA, 90814

"Come Hell or High Water follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrik and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face ordeals that include Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice." (

"This intimate film tells a gigantic story -- about race, power, and so-called development. But it is also a saga of community resilience, resistance, and hope. It's about everything that matters in our society." -- Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools

For information call 323-263-2113 or email

Hosted by: The California Endowment and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice.

The event is sponsored by: UEPI-Occidental College, End Oil, Moving Forward Network, Building Healthy Communities-Long Beach, and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice.

For more information, click here.


Profile: Local "Seafood for the Future" Brings Sustainable, Clean Fish Awareness to Long Beach

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By CSULB Senior Seminar Reporter Cole Hughey

It’s not everyday you get to eat fresh seafood caught along the coast. In fact, unless you caught it yourself, chances are, you’ve never eaten fresh seafood caught off the California coast.

That’s because 91 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. comes from other countries, due to the dangerously low amounts of seafood in American waters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The seafood-trading deficit is an astonishing $10.4 billion per year—second only to oil. If we don’t learn to collectively start varying our seafood choices, the chances of our favorite fish staying abundant are getting bleaker by the day, say advocates.




Table of Contents


Come Hell or High Water Film Screening
Long Beach Art Theater

#LA2050 Listens
Friday, April 25th
The California Endowment

Death and Life of Great American Cities
Friday, April 25th
District Wine

Neighborhoods Work Group Meeting
Monday, April 28th
BHC Long Beach Office

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!



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:

Upcoming Community Events

Community Health and Immigration Fair

Join the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, CPC, FUEL at CSULB, and DAYS on Saturday, May 3rd for a health and immigration fair. Get information about local health organizations and the resources available for anyone regardless of legal status. We will also have various workshops concerning immigration. FREE childcare and lunch provided.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Workshops 10am - 12pm
Lunch 12pm - 12:30pm
Health and Free Legal Consultations 12:30pm - 3:00pm

(Legal consultations are on a first come first serve basis)

First Congregational Church
241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Workshops Include:
  • "Know Your Rights" Training
  • Halting Deportations
  • Accessing Higher Education for Undocumented Students (AB-540, CA DREAM Act, DACA).
For information and RSVP contact: 
Únase a Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, CPC, FUEL, de CSULB, y DAYS el Sábado, 3 de Mayo para una feria de salud e inmigración. Obtén información de organizaciones locales y los recursos disponibles a todos sin importar el estado migratorio. También habrá talleres de inmigración. Cuidado de niños y comida gratuita.
Sábado, 3 de Mayo
Talleres: 10am - 12pm
Comida 12pm - 12:3pm
Feria de Salud y Consultas legales Gratuitas 12:30pm - 3pm

(Consultas legales son en orden de asistencia)

First Congregational Church
241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Talleres Incluyen:
  • "Conozca sus Derechos" entrenamiento
  • Como intervenir en deportaciones
  • Acceso a educación universitaria para estudiantes indocumentados (AB-540, CA DREAM Act). Se incluirá información sobre Acción Diferida (DACA).
Para más información y RSVP contacten:

Community Forum on Wage Theft

WATCH & SHARE | the story of Andres, a  Long Beach restaurant worker as he shares how wage theft affects him and his family, why he is speaking out, and his message to local elected officials.

"I decided to talk because my co-workers are scared. Scare of losing their job. I am also scared but someone has to say something because it's a problem that's not only happening at the restaurants, it also happens at the hotels, the trucks, those who clean home, also those who wait in front of Home Depot, the day laborers. They would be made to work but not paid." -Andres

In Long Beach, many workers are paid below the minimum wage, denied overtime pay, receive bad checks, or worse, not paid at all. These are some examples of Wage Theft which negatively affects the health and security of our had working families.

Workers are already courageously standing up to educate each other about their rights, and fighting for justice and respect. Take the first step by joining us in this critical and urgent dialogue.
May 10, 2014
First Congregational Church

241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA

Doors open & Art exhibit: 9:30am | Program: 10am - 11:30am
Childcare and Spanish translation provided

Coalition to End wage Theft in Long Beach
Contact: or 562-438-9515


Juvenile Ticket Legal Clinic

Do you have a hold on your driver's license because of tickets you got when you were under 28 years old?

You can get help at the Juvenile Ticket Legal Clinic

If you received a juvenile ticket before April 2012 & cannot obtain a driver's license because of outstanding fines, we can help. You have the right to complete community service instead of paying juvenile ticket fines.

In order o get the help you need, please visit your local DMV office to request a print out. This request is $5 but Centro CHA can assist if you can't pay.

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014
The Clinic will take place 1pm - 3pm
(You Must RSVP to attend the Legal Clinic)

Where: Long Beach, CA (Centro CHA Inc.)
Center for Working Families
1900 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Floor
(Parking in the Union Bank Lot)

Any questions? Contact Centro CHA Inc. 562-570-4722
Download a copy of the flyer here.

Connecting Families Resource Fair

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: Admiral Kidd Park - 2125 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810

Los Angeles County Probation Department in collaboration with the City of Long Beach

For more information, please contact Probation Director Patrick Lemaire via email: or by calling 562-247-2222


2014 Long Beach Community Studies Conference

Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Wine & Cheese Reception 4:30-5:30)

Long Beach City College
Liberal Arts Campus – Building T 1200
4901 E. Carson Street
Long Beach, California 90808

From Alamitos Beach to Zaferia and every neighborhood in between, we welcome your stories!

The Long Beach City College Community Studies Program and the Historical Society of Long Beach welcome submissions for the Third Long Beach Community Studies Conference to be held at LBCC’s LAC Campus on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The 2014 theme is The City’s Neighborhoods Past & Present.

The growing number of scholars, activists, and engaged community members interested in Long Beach gives us great hope to assemble another outstanding group of presenters bringing together a broad range of topics for the third conference. Thoughtful observers of neighborhood change, including historians, geographers, environmentalists, social scientists, architects, journalists, and demographers, are invited to share their research and community projects. Past presenters have included independent scholars, community researchers, faculty members, archivists, librarians, and students, all committed to discussing Long Beach and its environs.

For more information, visit their website.

Sponsored by:
Long Beach City College Foundation
Port of Long Beach


Job Opportunities

Program Director
Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project is seeking an experienced and highly motivated professional to coordinate and grow our innovative programs for transforming democracy. The Program Director will be responsible for the strategic development and management of PBP's programs, including our technical assistance for local participatory budgeting (PB) processes and our work wot build the national and international infrastructure necessary to dramatically expand and deepen PB. This will be a full-time salaried position based out of our New York City or Oakland office, with a start date in June or July 2014. Read More. (Deadline to apply: May 18, 2014)

Communications Director
Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project is seeking an experience and highly motivated professional to coordinate the planning and management of our organizational communications, including our communications support for local participatory budgeting (PB) processes and our broader efforts to build powerful messaging and stories that enable PB to dramatically expand nationally and internationally. This will be a full-time salaried position based out of our New York or Oakland office, with a start date in June or July 2014. Read More. (Deadline to apply: May 18, 2014)

Youth Jobs Program
Pacific Gateway

Pacific Gateway has started recruitment for Youth Jobs Program. Please pass along the information to any interested youth (ages 14-21). You can find our more information about the program here:




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, Operations Manager

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