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Our Updated Plan is Here!

lt's finally here! After several months of hard work, we are finally presenting to you the completed update for the Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach's Community Action plan.

In the fall of last year, we kicked off our process by engaging the work group leads in Neighborhoods, Environmental Health (formerly known as Air Quality), Schools and Youth. Rene and the Hub Host Team created a workbook with worksheets that each of the work groups would use to collect data along with the distribution of a survey! After several work group meetings, surveys and one large community meeting, the work group leads were hard at work synthesizing and compiling the data from the worksheets to write a plan.

The plan, which has now been vetted by the community, the work group leads, the Steering Committee and Jenny, our Program Manager is now ready to be put into action!

The work that is outlined in the plan will be carried through the work groups, so if there is a specific strategy or topic that you are interested in, please make sure to check out our calendar to see when the next work group meetings will be so you can get involved. We will be doing a large public release of the plan on August 14th at our Full Hub Summer Celebration.

Long Beach, Let's Make Health Happen Here!

BHC Statewide Steering Committee on Youth Leadership Now Accepting Applications

Steering Committee Meeting in Oakland in February

Attention Youth (ages 16-24) who are involved in The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities work in Del Norte, South Sacramento, Fresno, South Kern, Long Beach, Eastern Coachella Valley and City Heights.

The Statewide Steering Committee for Youth Leadership in Building Health Communities provides youth with opportunities to develop new skills, express their opinions and to take action! We believe that youth have powerful ideas, that they are capable of speaking for themselves, and that their involvement will accelerate progress to a better future.

We are seeking one youth from the 7 communities listed above, aged 16-24, to join the BHC Statewide Steering Committee for Youth Leadership. 
Communities involved in the BHC initiative statewide are charged with engaging youth in their work to improve the health of residents by creating healthier neighborhoods.  In addition to the local work, efforts are emerging to engage youth in regional and statewide policy work and to create learning communities to support youth and adults as they work together in this exciting initiative.   The Statewide Steering Committee guides and supports these statewide efforts.
Applicants must have passion for improving our future that is reflected in your written statement. Applicants must be familiar with and have connections to the BHC work happening in their community.  Prior leadership experience is a plus but not required. You must pledge to make this project a priority for a 2-3 year term and make sure that you can fulfill your academic and family responsibilities at the same time.

The Selection Committee Will Be Looking For:
  • Youth who are connected to the BHC work in their community through the Hub or a locally funded agency. Youth may be a volunteer with the BHC work, employed as a youth worker, or in a transition between the two. 
  • Youth who have experience working in partnership with adults and other youth of all ages, can participate in discussion and think strategically. 
  • Youth under 18 need to have a sponsoring agency/adult ally who can help support the youth participant by ensuring parents/guardians are aware of travel and that the youth is comfortable with travel (has proper ID, can navigate train stations/airports, etc.) 
  • Youth who represent all aspects of community including diversity of gender, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
This is a competitive process.  While we would like for all applicants to participate, we can only chose 1 youth from each community.  Applicants who are not chosen will have their applications on file in case of an opening later in the year. 

Application and Recommendation Forms are due by 5:00 PM August 1, 2013.
Individual applications must be accompanied by the recommendation form completed by an adult you know through the BHC work in your community.
Complete the electronic application and send to Melissa Guajardo at or fax to 916-443-2297.


LBUSD to Get More Dollars for Needier Students

By VoiceWaves Youth Reporter Jeanette Ramirez

Today marks a landmark.

Almost a month after more than 300 students and peacemakers from Long Beach traveled to Capitol hall in Sacramento to push legislators to pass policies that ban harsh school discipline and Governor Jerry Brown's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the proposal was adopted into the budget on June 17th.


A Partner Site Victory

Council Moves No-Cost Bus Passes
Mid-City CAN

No-cost bus passes will be a reality for students in City Heights.

On June 10, the City Council approved the annual budget for San Diego, which included funding for the program for students at Crawford, Hoover, Lincoln and San Diego high schools.

The $200,000 funding for the program is a small fraction compared to the total $2.75 billion budget for San Diego's 2013-14 fiscal year. But Mid-City CAN supporters and residents attended three different City Council meetings as well as having a transportation forum attended by Mayor Bob Filner and City Councilmember Marti Emerald to support the initiative. They also first got the approval of the San Diego Unified School District board for an additional $150,000 in funding and a pledge from Filner, Emerald and School Board Trustee Richard Barrera during their campaign for the passes.



Bullying and School Safety Webinar
June 28th

Neighborhoods Work Group
July 1st
BHC Long Beach Office

BHC Long Beach Office Closed
July 4th

Grantee Meeting
July 11th

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

LBVPP Community Resource Guide Survey

As part of the City of Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan development, the City is creating a Community Resource Guide for effective coordination, communication, and cross referrals.  The Community Resource Guide will be available online at beginning Fall 2013. 

Please take 10 minutes to fill out the survey at 

Please forward to your networks, collaboratives, and partner agencies.  We want to capture all of the resources available to the community. 

Summer Leadership Series

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Air Pollution 101/ Contaminación del Aire 101
An interactive two-part workshop that provides an overview of what air pollution is and how it impacts your health. The workshop will focus on the top toxins in your local community and will detail on current campaigns to reduce pollution./ Un taller interactivo de dos partes que proporciona una visión general de lo que es la contaminación atmosférica y cómo afecta su salud. El taller se enfoca en las toxinas principales en su comunidad local. Aprenda sobre sobre las campañas actuales para reducir la contaminación.

Dates/ Fechas: Thursday, July 18 & 25 / Jueves 18 y 25 de Julio
Times/ Horaio: 6:30pm- 8:30pm
To Register: call (562)888-1632 or email Registración llame (562) 888-1632 o email

Public Speaking 101/ Public Speaking 101
Gain useful public speaking skills to make you an effective communicator in this two-part workshop. Put your new skills to the test by participating in a fun practice public meeting. This workshops is perfect for people looking to become better public speakers./ Ven a adquirir habilidades para hablar en público y para ser un comunicador eficaz en este taller de dos partes. Pon tus nuevas habilidades a prueba, al participar en una reunión pública de práctica divertida. Este taller es perfecto para personas que buscan ser mejores oradores públicos

Dates: Thursday, August 22 & Friday, August 23/ Fechas: Jueves 22 y Viernes 23 de Agosto
Times/ Horario: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
To Register: call (562)888-1632 or email Registración llame (562) 888-1632 o email

Long Beach Free School
(Sponsored with Catalyst-Network of Communities)

Mini-Summer Science Camp/ Campamento de Ciencias
Geared for 2nd to 4th Graders (Limit to 10 students)/ Orientado para segundo a cuarto grado (Limitado a 10 estudiantes)

DESCRIPTION: Satisfy your curiosity about your natural surroundings! We will voyage into our different ecosystems: the oceans, the different kinds of forests, and explore the animal inhabitants in each ecosystem. We will also investigate the stars & heavens and do map work to learn navigational skills. Also learn about wilderness safety so you can enjoy your outdoor experiences. The activities will be fun and hands-on and hopefully will engage you in wanting to learn more about your natural world!/ DESCRIPCIÓN: Satisface su curiosidad por su entorno natural! Vamos a viajar a nuestros diferentes ecosistemas: los océanos, los diferentes tipos de bosques, y explorar los habitantes de los animales en cada ecosistema. También vamos a investigar las estrellas y cielos y hacer usar mapas para aprender habilidades de navegación. También aprenda sobre seguridad desierto para que pueda disfrutar de sus experiencias al aire libre. Las actividades seran divertido y práctico y esperamos que tenga deseo de aprender más acerca de su mundo natural!

LOCATION/ LUGAR:  Admiral Kidd Park, West Long Beach 90810
DATES/ FECHAS: July 15, Monday, July 17, Wednesday
July 22, Monday, July 24, Wednesday
July 29, Monday, July 31, Wednesday
TIMES/ HORARIO:   9:00 AM TO 11:00 AM

TEACHER/ MAESTRA:  Erlinda Cortez ~  Email:
Or call (562) 619-9933 for additional information/ o llame (562) 619-9933 para mas informacion.


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!

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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Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach is a project of Community Partners. You can learn more about Community Partners on their website:
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