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BHC Day to Day

NCRC Interviews
Last week, many of our partners were interviewed by technical assistance providers, the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC). Marc and Lisa from NCRC conducted pre-assessment interviews with several of you in preparation for a training coming up on October 3 & 4. We will be sending our more information and how to RSVP for this conflict management training very soon.

Steering Committee Meeting

Last night we held our first meeting with just our new Steering Committee members! It was a very productive meeting that covered a lot of content as they prepare for their retreat in November. Last night they also got the presentation of the final draft for the mural/visualization of the Community Action Plan. The Steering Committee voted to move forward with the design and Saint, our artist, is ready to put ink to paper! 

Wrapped up BHC Fit
On August 22nd, BHC Fit wrapped up its 6-workshop series of classes over the summer! We went out with a bang! We had a great workout class with Stephen, followed by prizes and a celebration of the closing of our 6-workshop series! Thank you to all that participated and keep on the lookout for what's next!

Boys and Men of Color Camp
Young boys and men  of color from across the state and several mentors and adult allies participated in a week long camp. The camp explored topics of self-discovery and looking at policies that are currently affecting our young men disproportionately. These young men are now back home and ready to move the work ahead.


What I Learned in Sacramento About Boys and Men of Color

By VoiceWaves Reporter: Adalhi Montes

I got a call a couple of weeks ago from my friend Kenyon Davis, a staff organizer with the Alliance of Boys & Men of Color, a statewide coalition of change agents committed to improving the lives of California’s boys and young men of color. He told me he wanted me to come to the State Capitol in Sacramento to see the youth’s work. I immediately agreed without knowing what he really meant by “youth’s work” and embarked on a tiresome eight-hour trip from Long Beach to Sacramento in a bus that broke down every couple of miles.

Finally, in what seemed like an eternity, we arrived welcomed by a beautiful hotel room. I still had no real idea what to expect.



Festival of Friends
August 31
Drake Park

Neighborhood Work Group Meeting
September 9th
BHC 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!


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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

Short and Strong: Student Film Competition / Cortos y Fuertes: Competicion de filmar para estudiantes

Short and Strong is a film competition meant to create a space for youth to tell their immigrant stories.

This student film competition is meant for students of all ages. We want youth to be creative and resourceful, using whatever means accessible to create their stories (even cell phones). The youth of this country is one of the strongest we have; it's time to let that voice be heard.

We will have three age categories: 13 and below, 14 to 17, and 18 and over (so long as the individual is a student in high school, a GED program, community college, undergraduate graduate degree program or graduate degree program). There will be a 1st and 2nd place prize for each category, as well as a Most Viewed and Best Overall prize.

This is not only a chance for participants to win cash prizes, but it is excellent opportunities to have their voices reach a distinguished panel of judges. These judges include Rosario Dawson, Dolores Huerta, Antonio Villaraigosa, Esai Morales, Danny Trejo and many more...

Submissions are done online at www.shortandstrong.com and are due September 20, 2013.

Corto y Fuerte es un concurso de cine destinado a crear un espacio para los jóvenes a contar sus historias de inmigrantes.

Este concurso de estudiantes de cine está dirigido a estudiantes de toadas las edades. Queremos que los jóvenes a ser creativos a ingeniosos, utilizando todos los medios accesibles para crear sus historias (incluso los teléfonos celulares). La juventud de este país es uno de los más fuertes que tenemos, es el momento de dejar que eso se oyó la voz.

Habrá tres categorías de edad: de 13 y por debajo, 14-17 y 18 y más años (siempre y cuando la persona es un estudiante en la escuela secundaria, un programa de GED, colegio comunitario, programa de postgrado universitario o programa de postgrado). Habrá un primero y segundo lugar  para cada categoría, así como un premio Más Visto y el Mejor en todo.

Esto no sólo es una oportunidad para que los participantes para ganar premios en efectivo, pero es una excelente oportunidad para que sus voces lleguen a un distinguido panel de jueces. Estos jueces son Rosario Dawson, Dolores Huerta, Antonio Villaraigosa, Esai Morales, Danny Trejo y muchos más ...

Los videos se pueden entregar por internet en www.shortandstrong.com ye el último dia es el 20 de septiembre.

Revamp CA Education

Every (other) Wednesday, we will be filling you in on the Revamp CA Ed Campaign. We will include snippets and links to articles about the local control funding formula, the return of programs to schools, and schedules of school district meetings in the 14 Building Healthy Communities sites.

Our mission is to promote restorative justice, health access, social justice and improved categorical program (i.e. special education, arts and music programs, counseling, and staff development) initiatives to be adopted in local school districts with the newly passed Local Control Funding Formula legislation through education, awareness, e-advocacy and social media.

In our efforts to improve school districts policies, curriculum and climate affecting low-income students, foster youth, english learners, high-needs students around the state we seek to engage business, education, civil rights, parents, faith-based, grassroots community organizations and leaders, all who support the Local Control Funding Formula and who are dedicated to promoting students health and education in California.

Read the first Revamp CA Education Newsletter here.


LBTE 3-Year Anniversary Celebration

Join the Long Beach Time Exchange for our 3-year anniversary celebration. Meet lots of interesting people, and get a better idea of how our network for sharing skills and services works. 

Current members will be sharing their skills and talents alongside a delicious potluck and live entertainment by Romero Y Perez, a Spanish-fusion guitar group.

Sunday, September 8th from 2-4:30pm at Liberty Gallery (435 Alamitos Ave). Free and open to the public!


Training Opportunity Through Alliance for Justice

Many organizations around the table have some experience with GOTV, canvassing, etc. but clarity with regard to the parameters surrounding the work is uneven and this may impede our ability to maximize the opportunity for collaboration, base building and reaching out to new or non-traditional allies. Coalition members need to understand the parameters and be able to explain the law to other organizations who may be reluctant to engage in this kind of work. Muchas de las organizaciones que participan con nosotros tienen algo de experiencia con GOTV  (motivar a votar), tocar puertas, etc., pero todavía no hay claridad sobre los parámetros de este trabajo y esto puede impedir nuestra capacidad de aprovecharnos completamente de la oportunidad de colaborar, de fortalecer la base y de acercarnos a nuevos aliados o a aliados no tradicionales. Los miembros de la coalición tienen que entender los parámetros y poder explicar la ley a otras organizaciones que tal vez resistan involucrarse en este tipo de trabajo. 

This training will focus on what is allowable for 501(c)3’s and 501(c)4’s to engage in with regard to electoral activities. There will also be some basic tips on explaining these parameters to potential ally organizations. Esta capacitación se centrará en lo que pueden hacer las organizaciones 501(c)3 y las 501(c)4 relacionado a las actividades electorales. También se darán consejos básicos de cómo explicar estos parámetros a organizaciones que son posibles aliados.

Co-Sponsored by Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach. For more information on this training and the BHC effort in Long Beach please call: Rene Castro 562-436-4800 (rene@bhclongbeach.org) Patrocinado en parte por Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach. Para más información de esta capacitación y del trabajo de BHC en Long Beach, hable a: Rene Castro 562-436-4800 (rene@bhclongbeach.org)

There will be 3 training opportunities:/ Haran tres talleres:

Thursday, August 29th/ Jueves 29 de agosto
Workshop in English and Spanish/ Taller en Ingles y Espanol
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Download a flyer!/ Descargar un Folleto

Friday, August 30th/ Viernes, 30 de agosto
Workshop in English Only/ Taller en Ingles
9:00am - 12:00pm
Download a flyer!/ Descargar un Folleto

Friday, August 30th
Workshop for Youth
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Download a flyer!/ Descargar un Folleto

All workshops will take place at the/ Todos los entrenamientos estarán en:
First Lutheran Church 
905 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

Click the link below to register for one (1) of the workshops!/ Haz clic abajo para registrar para uno (1) de los talleres

Register Now!



Covered California Town Hall

A special forum on California's new health care marketplace for Los Angeles area community leaders and key stakeholders. 

Please join Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee for a town hall discussion to include:

  • an update on Covered California's progress and current plans
  • outreach and community education strategies
  • what you can do to help ensure every Californian has access to affordable health insurance
  • your feedback and comments
Friday, September 6, 2013
2:30pm - 4:00pm
(Doors open at 2pm)

Cal State University Long Beach
The Pointe at the Pyramid
1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA

Co-hosted by: U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal; Assemblymembers Bonnie Lowenthal and Al Muratsuchi; Sens. Ricardo Lara and Roderick D. Wright; and Mayor Bob Foster

Honorary co-hosts: U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein

This event is open to organizations and community leaders interested in helping to ensure all Californians can access health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act through Covered California.
Parking is available

Space is limited. To register, please call (888) 975-1141

To find updated information, please visit:

Long Beach Rising! 2013 Organizer Training

Application Deadline - August 31st

Long Beach Rising! is a non-partisan program and comprehensive approach to strengthen civic engagement, voter mobilization, and community organizing among communities historically marginalized from the political process, including low-income communities.   In partnership with local organizations, we hosted the People's State of the City 2013, Power Analysis Workshop Series, and this fall we plan to launch our 2013 Leadership Training. 

The Long Beach Rising! Leadership Training 2013 will cover everything from how to organize locally, build coalitions, conduct door-to-door outreach & canvass, and strengthen movements for social and economic change.  We strongly encourage residents, students, activists, and organization members to apply.

"The goal of the program is to increase civic engagement in Long Beach, to increase the number of people voting in our local elections, getting involved in community organizations that address issues they care about, and understanding that their voice and experience is important in the political process."- Christine Petit, Steering Committee  

Last year's graduates had the opportunity to participate in a civic engagement project that strengthened voter engagement and mobilization of hundreds of residents in low voting areas of our city.  Many graduates also played an integral role in helping pass Measure N, the first-ever Living Wage policy in the City of Long Beach.  

APPLY TODAY! Download an application (Click Here)

Friend Fest!

Join us for a fun day at Drake Park and let's make friends of neighbors!!
August 31st
11am - 4pm
Live Music
Free Activities: games + sports, clothing + book swaps by the Long Beach Free Store, homemade natural cleaning products, arts + crafts, face-painting, seed planting by Foodscape Long Beach, hydration station by Green Long Beach and more!!
There will also be a potluck! So please bring a dish to share (if you can). your own plate, cup + utensils, plus a blanket to sit and relax!
562-270-KIND (5463)
Unase a nosotros para un dia de diversion en Drake Park y hagamos amigos de nuestros vecinos!!
31 de Agosto 
11am - 4pm
Musica en Vivo
Actividades GRATIS: juegos y deportes, intercambio de ropa y libros por el LB Free Store, taller de limpieza natural, taller de arte recilcado, pinta-caritas, taller de sembrar semillas por Foodscape Long Beach, estacion de hidratacion por Green Long Beach y mucho mas!!
Tambien habra un potluck!
Por favor traiga una comida para compartir wi puede, su propio plato, cubiertos ye taza, y una cobija para sentarse y relajarse!!
562-270-KIND (5463)

TCC Beach Walk 2013

The Children's Clinic, "Serving Children and Their Families" 2013 Beach Walk: Walk for a Healthy Community (BW13) website is up and running!

Register, Start a Team or Sponsor our event today!

This year's event will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 and we need you to help us raise critically needed funds to support TCC's vision of a community that is health for all residents.

BW13, which takes place on the Marina Green on Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach, is heading into its 23rd year, and this year we are creating a Healthy Lifestyles Village complete with a 1K Super Kids Race for children under 12; our traditional 5K walk for friends and families, games, music, free food tastings and health screenings and lots of giveaways, all of which help grow healthier communities in our fabulous city.

Make sure to join or start a team online today!



What Works: BMoC Best Practices Toolkit
Movement Strategy Center is pleased to share their most recent publication for the statewide Alliance for Boys and men of Color: What Works: Transforming Conditions and Health Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color - California's Best Practices and Lessons Learned.

What Works includes:
  • An overview of the dynamic local and statewide efforts around boys and men of color in California.
  • A framework for understanding these efforts in a broader movement-building context.
  • In-depth case studies of best practices and lessons learned from seven local Boys and men of Color initiatives.
  • A Summary of best practices and lessons learned.
  • An appendix of contact information and resources for local initiatives, as well as a "Boys and Men of Colro 101" Framework Workshop curriculum.
You can access the PDF here.

Special Health Reports: The State of California

On Dumping Grounds
Reporter Ruxandra Guidi brings us a story about the dilemma of a garbage dump located on Native American land with little regulation, and how it affects the neighboring farmworker communities.

The Languages of Natividad
The Natividad Medical Center in the Salinas Valley is figuring out how to provide services to patients who speak indigenous languages, such as Mixteca, Zapoteca, and Triqui. Natividad has been contacted and is contacting various hospitals across the country, hoping to help their doctors communicate with their indigenous patients.

You Crazy? Latino and Mental Health
An in-depth report that’s exploring how three young Latinos have addressed and dealt with anxiety, depression, and relationships. We also speak with Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, a professor with expertise in Latino community health and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, who brings us a psychological perspective on how much of the Latino culture handles these issues.

The Davis Enterprise’s report on the event: “Report, panel look at mental health challenges among young Latinos.”

Heat Stress in the Fields (currently airing this week)
The 2013 summer heat wave has caused three deaths of agricultural workers in the Fresno County, underscoring the need for heat illness regulations to protect agricultural workers.

Urban Farms in LA County
A group of graduate students in urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs has created the first comprehensive picture of urban agriculture in Los Angeles County. 
[Read more about it here]
Access the interactive map at www.cultivatelosangeles.org


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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