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Did you know that the State of California changed the way public schools are funded?
  • LBUSD is receiving millions of additional dollars under this new funding system, especially for low-income students, English Learner students, and foster youth.
  • State law requires that parents, students and community members have input on how the District should spend the new funds.
Join the Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach "Parent University" and the "Every Student Matters" campaign for a workshop on the new funding system and how you can make sure your voice is heard!

4:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 24, 2013
LB Friends Church
850 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

Food, translation, and child watch will be provided.

For more info: 562-208-9572 or
¿Sabía usted que el Estado de California cambió la manera en que las escuelas públicas se financian?
  • LBUSD está recibiendo millones de dólares adicionales con este nuevo sistema de fondos, especialmente para los estudiantes de bajos recursos, estudiantes de inglés como segunda lengua, y los jóvenes de crianza.
  • La ley estatal requiere que los padres, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad dan sus opiniones sobre la forma en que el Distrito debe utilizar los fondos nuevos. 
Únete a BHC Long Beach "Universidad de Padres" y “Cada Estudiante Importa” campaña para un taller sobre el nuevo sistema de financiación y cómo puede asegurarse de que su voz sea escuchada! 
4:00 - 7:00 PM
jueves, 24 de octubre 2013 
LB Friends Church
850 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach 90813 

Alimentación, la traducción, y cuidado de niños será proporcionado. 
Para más información: (562) 208-9572 o

Live Chat with VoiceWaves & Youth Radio on Cyberbullying

These days many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. Some of our VoiceWaves youth who attend Wilson and Poly High brought to our attention a disturbing trend known as "slut-shaming," or posting and commenting on sexually explicit photos and videos of teenage girls. These images inundate the social media feeds of many teenagers and have repercussions far beyond the schoolyard.
This Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4:30pm, VoiceWaves in collaboration with Youth Radio in Oakland, is holding an online LIVE CHAT about Cyberbullying and would love to have more youth from Long Beach represented in the discussion. 
Youth Radio has a partnership with NPR Public Radio and has a large network that would reach many people nationwide. 

If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please visit



Live Chat with VoicWaves & Youth Radio
October 24th

The Children's Clinic Beach Walk
October 26th
Marina Green

Creating Healthy Neighborhoods
October 29th

Children Now Webinar
October 29th

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

School House of Horrors

Are you brave enough to enter KGA's School House of Horrors?

Did you know that there are very scary and very real goblins haunting Long Beach Schools? Join us on Halloween to discover what lurks in our schools, making slashes to education and causing more and more students to vanish from the classroom. KGA's office will be transformed into a haunted maze with scares and surprises around each corner. And you won't want to miss the treats we'll have for you if you make it out of the school house alive! We will have food and candy at the end of the tunnel, where you will have an opportunity to learn more about how you can be part of taking back your schools from these Halloween horrors!

Bring your friends and families to this frightfully fun, FREE event!
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What's at stake?
This Halloween is an opportunity to look behind the masks to see what's really going on in the lives of the trick-or-treaters at our door. Since 2008, budget cuts have been making slashes to our education system. Every 15 minutes of the school-day, a student is suspended in Long Beach Unified School District as zero-tolerance school-discipline policies push students our of school. 80% of teen pregnancies occur in the zip codes around Poly, Cabrillo and Jordan high schools, where students have few health resources to turn to. But despite these "tricks" being played on our youth, there are "treats" on the horizon as community members pose solutions to end barriers to students academic success. Those brave enough to face KGA's School House of Horrors will learn more about the Local Control Funding Formula, as well as efforts to reform, school discipline policies and bring Wellness Centers to Long Beach high schools. KGA will also distribute a survey on what support services students and parents would like to see in schools.

Participation Tools for Better Community Planning

The Local Government Commission, through funding from The California Endowment, is hosting this webinar to share highlights from our new guidebook - Participation Tools for Better Community Planning [] - which offers tested tools that local governments and community based organizations can use to improve public participation for healthy land use planning.
The Webinar - Participation Tools for Better Community Planning
The civic infrastructure of our society is equally as important as the physical infrastructure. Community involvement and collaboration plays a crucial role in how we build and develop our communities. In addition to ethical considerations for including people in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, there are many practical reasons to engage residents in the planning process, and many low-cost, high-impact tools to support engagement.
The webinar will feature three compelling examples of tools used successfully in diverse communities throughout California to plan for neighborhoods with access to healthy foods, where people can safely walk, ride a bike or take transit.
  1. Webinar logistics and Overview
    Aatisha Singh, Local Government Commission
  2. On-Site Interactive Planning Models
    James, Rojas, Place it!
  3. Value-Based Messaging and Accessible Participation Tools
    Claudia Corchado, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
  4. Community Engagement in Richmond's General Plan Update
    Hector Rojas, City of Richmond
  5. Questions
  6. Adjourn

Children Now Webinar: In-Depth Policy Updates on the New School Funding System

Making sure everyone understands CA's new school funding system
We've been on the ground in communities across the state and know people everywhere are struggling to understand California's new school funding system. So, we invite you to attend any or all of three upcoming webinars by Children Now that are geared to make sure everyone -- parents, students, educators, school board members, and community and business leaders -- has an equal and accurate understanding of the new school funding system. Children Now has been leading the work on school funding reform in Sacramento and understands how all the pieces fit together.
For the new system to work most effectively, everyone needs to be on the same page as school leaders in terms of their understanding of the law. This will ensure decisions made locally about how to spend education funding strongly reflect community input, as intended.
The first webinar will be on October 29th!
This webinar will go into detail on the recent policy developments and State Board of Education process concerning the Local Control Funding Formula.
There will be two more webinars
 - How Decisions about the New School Funding System Will Be Made in Your Community
 - Local Control Education Funding for Early Learning Programs
Find out more here:

Public Forum on Hate Crimes

Join CCEJ on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 PM at The Center Long Beach for a community conversation on hate crimes and the impact on our community. Panelists from The Center, CCEJ, LB PD and other community organizations will lead a discussion following the presentation of findings from the 2012 Hate Crime Report.  Please RSVP to

Special thanks to our host and partner, The Center Long Beach for use of their space.  Please feel free to pass this invite to others.

Certified Enrollment Entities

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 For the In-Person Assistance Program 
Covered California’s Enrollment Assistance Program
Covered California’s Enrollment Assistance Program will be implemented statewide and will be comprised of trusted and known organizations that are critical resources to build a “culture of coverage” to help millions of Californians enroll into affordable health insurance.
What are Certified Enrollment Entities?
  • Entities and organizations eligible to be trained and registered to provide inā€person assistance to consumers and help them apply for Covered California programs.
  • Entities that have access to Covered California target populations
Are you interested in becoming a Certified Enrollment Entity?
Organizations interested in becoming a Certified Enrollment Entity should complete an Enrollment Entity Application. To complete your Certified Enrollment Entity Application, please go to:
If you need further assistance, please call the Covered California Enrollment Assistance Program Help Desk at 1-888-402-0737 (Monday ­ Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM). For more information on Covered California, please visit and/or
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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!


Job Opportunities

Smith River Community Organizer - Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands - BHC
The Smith River Community Organizer has specific responsibility for supporting grassroots leaders in improving community health and safety by working with a variety of faith-based institutions, schools and other institutions: to find and develop leaders; identify issues important to the local members; design campaign strategies and win policy changes that improve the health of local neighborhoods and the quality of life for residents in Del Norte County

Youth Community Organizer - Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands - BHC
The Youth Community Organizer has specific responsibility for supporting grassroots leaders in improving community health and safety by working with a variety of faith-based institutions, schools and other institutions to: find and develop leaders; identify issues important to the local members; design campaign strategies and win policy changes that improve the health of local neighborhoods and the quality of life for residents in Del Norte County.

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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