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Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan Community Forum

YOU are invited!

The City of Long Beach invites you to learn about the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan (LBVPP).
  • Come learn about the 18-month Planning Process.
  • Find our how you can get involved.
  • Be part of the solution to keep Long Beach safe.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
9:00am - 12:00pm

Cesar E. Chavez park
401 Golden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Spanish and Khmer Translation Available.

FREE Breakfast
FREE Child Watch for children ages 5 to 12

PARKING available at Cesar Chavez Elementary School

For more information or to RSVP please call 562-570-5585

USTED está invitado

La Ciudad de Long Beach le invita a aprender sobre el Plan de Prevención de la Violencia de Long Beach (LBVPP).
  • Venga a aprender sobre el proceso de planeación de 18 meses.
  • Averigüe cómo usted puede involucrarse.
  • Sea parte de la solución para mantener a Long Beach una ciudad segura.

Sábado, 09 de Marzo 2013
9:00 a.m. – Mediodía 

Cesar E. Chavez Park
401 Golden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Traducción en Español y Khmer será disponible.

Desayuno GRATIS
Vigilancia GRATIS para niños de 5 a 12

Estacionamiento será disponible en la Escuela Cesar Chavez.

Para más información o para confirmar su asistencia, favor de llamar al (562) 570-5585.

Get a copy of the Flyer in English, Spanish and Khmer Here!

Organizing Institute Luncheon

I would like to share an amazing advanced organizer training opportunity in Long Beach, through Centro Shalom’s Advanced Organizing Institute. Funded by The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach Initiative, The Advanced Organizing Institute is an intensive five-month program conducted by expert organizers through Centro Shalom that teaches in-depth organizing skills, strategies and tactics to advance paradigm and policy change in the BHC target area of Long Beach. 
  • For organizations, the Institute is an opportunity to have your current or future organizers trained for free in strategic planning and other essentials for the organizer's toolbox. 
  • For student participants, it is an opportunity to become educated on the major issues impacting Long Beach residents, learn advanced organizing skills, and build a strong network of fellow organizers. 
Six of our graduates from the class of 2012 have received funding from the Institute to organize full-time with qualified nonprofits, and we are actively seeking funding to provide the same opportunity to the class of 2013.
To find out more about this opportunity, please join us for a luncheon orientation.
 Tuesday, March 12th
Centro Shalom
[2131 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90806]

Please RSVP for the orientation and feel free to call or email me for more information. Also please share with any contacts who may be interested.
Long Beach residents 18-35 are encouraged to apply (application attached). Please visit the Institute website at for more information such as press releases, flyers, and Q&A sheets.

LB Students Ask for Wellness Centers in High Schools

By VoiceWaves Beat Reporter Patrick Moreno

For two months last year, 17-year-old Polytechnic High School Senior Amanda Em was sick and didn't seek treatment. She missed school often because of her health issues, and her lack of focus on here school work caused her to not pass any classes her junior year.



Table of Contents

BHC Updates
Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan Community Forum
Organizing Institute Luncheon

LB Students Ask for Wellness Centers in High Schools

Upcoming Community Events
AOC7 Literacy Fair
23rd Annual Katherine White Guest Lectureship - Toxic Stress
Parents As Leaders Program
Bite of Reality
Anger Management Group
Planning Commission Study Session on the Housing Element!
Community Townhall with the LA County Probation Department

Grants/Fellowship/Award Opportunities
Do Something Awards
2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

Healthy City - BHC DAta and Mapping Tool
California Immigrant Integration Scorecard


Youth Work Group Meeting
March 6th
Khmer Girls in Action

Port of LA Harbor Commissioners Board Mtg
March 7th
Port of Los Angeles

Planning Commission Study Session Housing Element
March 7th
City Hall

Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan Forum
March 9th
Cesar E. Chavez Park

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

AOC7 Literacy Fair

AOC7 stands for Anaheim, Orange, Cherry & 7th St. These four streets represent the borders to improve the overall quality of life within our community. ACO7 is committed to accomplishing its mission by joining residents and businesses to prevent community deterioration and enhance public safety.

The biggest reason for our book drive is to help address the following concern of our city. Long Beach is one of more than 124 cities that is addressing the issue of literacy among our nation's youth. In Long Beach, only 44% of our third graders are reading at or above grade level according to the California State Standards test for English Language. It's only 36% for low-income students, which is particularly alarming when we realize that about 75% of our elementary students quality as "low-income."

The goal of AOC7 is to collect 500 or more children's books new or slightly used for our children in our community. Each child that attends our Literacy Fair will receive a book to encourage them to read throughout the summer vacation.

The children of AOC7 and it's surrounding areas will have the opportunity to celebrate READING on May 11, 2013 at the Literacy Fair which will be held at Mac Arthur Park from 10:00am - 1:00pm. We will have music, multicultural dances, literacy booths and storytelling.

Please join us in CELEBRATING READ and donate a book or two to our cause. Drop off Locations are Neighborhood Center and Lincoln Elementary. Please contact Mary at 562-758-5751 or Rocio at 562-882-3326 or or Facebook AOC7.

23rd Annual Katherine White Guest Lectureship - Toxic Stress

Stress seems to be ever-present in today’s world.  While at times this can be transformed into a positive force and motivator, high levels can have deleterious effects, particularly in children.  This year’s Katherine White Symposium explores the medical facets of toxic stress in our youth and how we as medical providers, teachers, and parents can both identify and help alleviate the damage incurred by this under-recognized condition.
So we welcome you to join us, Friday, March 15 here at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach for this free half-day symposium.  The brochure is here: and includes a registration form that maybe filled out and returned to me via fax, standard mail or email.  Forward this to all whom you know will benefit from the information.

Parents As Leaders Program

Are you a parent leader in the community or wish you were? 
Are you looking for ways to improve your leadership skills and participate in an exciting and educational program?

The Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee is offering its Parents as Leaders Program for new and alumni parents on:

March 13, 20, 27 and April 10
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Mark Twain Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St.
Dinner, Childcare, and Program Provided at No-Cost!

Topics will include time management, community leadership, professional mentoring, and more. Questions? Please email To register, please visit and follow the directions to submit your information. Deadline to express interest in participating is Monday, March 11th at 5pm.

A Project of the Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee.

Bite of Reality

An interactive simulation of real-liefe money challenges created just for teens!

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time: 5:30pm - 7"30pm
Where: St. Mary Medical Center - 1055 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

RSVP: Leticia Mata, Orange County's Credit Union -
           Azul Sanchez, Orange County's Credit Union - - (714) 885-7564

Anger Management Group

Anger is a normal emotion! BREAK the cycle of "blowing up" over relatively minor issues and equip yourself with healthy ways to manage your feelings.

Teen Anger Management Classes include topics such as...

  • Anger Management Skills and Techniques
  • Recognizing Stressors
  • Responding Instead of Reacting
  • Adjusting Expectations
  • Retreat & Think Things Over
Certificates provided upon completion!

What Days?: Starting Monday, March 11th and meeting weekly for 12 sessions thereafter

What time?: 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Where? McBride Park - 1550 Martin Luther King Jr., Long Beach, CA 90813

Who do I contact? Nathaniel San // Counselor | 562-599-2244

In conjunction with Long Beach GRIP Academy

Planning Commission Study Session on the Housing Element!

For too long, Long Beach families have been playing by the rules, but quality housing remains out of reach and the whole community suffers. Long Beach needs comprehensive, citywide housing policies that meet the needs of all Long Beach residents. Residents, developers and city leaders should work together to provide opportunities for Long Beach families to have access to affordable, safe and healthy homes.

Join us next Thursday, March 7th at 5pm for a Planning Commission Study Session. The planning Commission of Long Beach helps set a path for the City of Long Beach's 2014-2021 Housing Element.

The Housing Element is a plan that lays out priorities for years to come, and it's YOUR opportunity to listen, learn, and let them know that we want safe, healthy and quality affordable housing for Long Beach residents!

Now is the time for Long Beach to take the opportunity and ensure quality and safe housing for all Long Beach Residents!

To RSVP, contact America at

Community Townhall with the LA County Probation Department

Monday, March 18, 2013
1:00pm - 3:00pm
The California Endowment, Redwood Room
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Download Flyer

Join us for a conversation with Probation to learn about their recent restructuring, and how that creates opportunities for communities to connect. Assistant Chief Margarita Perez, Deputy Chief REaver Bingham, and Bureau Chief Paul Vinetz will speak on the ongoing implementation on this new structure.

Please RSVP by March 15, 2013 to:
Daniel Healy

Space is limited. Event is free of charge but RSVP is required for admittance. Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available on-site.

Presented by:
Violence Prevention Coalition - Greater Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership

Grant/Fellowship/Award Opportunities

Do Something Awards

Since 1996, has honored the nation's best young world-changers, 25 and under. Do Something Award nominees and winner represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue. In 2013 five finalists will appear on the Do Something Awards on Vh1 and be rewarded a minimum of $10,000 in community grants, media coverage and continued support from The Grant prize winner will receive $100,000 during the broadcast.

2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

Do you know a leader who is successfully addressing a critical issue for California’s future? Please  nominate ( him or her for a James Irvine Foundation  Leadership Award. The award includes $125,000 to support the leader’s project, plus assistance  connecting with policymakers and practitioners in the leader’s field. Nominations deadline: April 5, 2013


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!

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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Ana Bonilla, Hub Coordinator

Julia Castaneda, Admin Assistant

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