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BHC Statewide Youth Steering Committee Makes Waves in Long Beach!

BHC Statewide Youth Steering Committee
Members on top of Signal Hill overlooking Long Beach in the background.
BHC Statewide Youth Steering Committee
Several members decided to participate in the Pride Run!

This past weekend, Long Beach was able to play host to the BHC Statewide Youth Steering Committee.  This committee is made up of youth, youth workers, hub managers and program managers representing the fourteen Building Healthy Communities sites.  The mission of the committee is to support work in each BHC site and to engage young people in advocacy on regional and statewide issues.  On Friday, the committee enjoyed a tour of the BHC LB site and learned from a panel of BHC Youth Committee members about their collective work on Every Student Matters, restorative justice and Summer Night Lights.  Saturday was a full day of meetings to further the committee’s efforts. 

However, the weekend wasn’t all work, on Sunday, Statewide Youth  Committee members joined with the BHC Youth Committee to participate in the first ever Long Beach Color Run! Several members got an early morning start and participated in the 5k/10k that supported organizations in alignment with Long Beach Gay Pride weekend. Mohammed from Sacramento placed in the top three for his division that morning!  Stay tuned for more updates on how the Statewide Youth Committee is helping to empower youth voices across the state and support the work of our local BHC Youth Committee. 

TCE Board Member Visits with BHC Long Beach

TCE Board Member Visit

On Monday, May 13th, Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach was pleased to host The California Endowment Board Member Zac Guevara.  Zac was able to participate in a restorative justice circle at Reid High School and hear from students and administrators about how this program has changed the culture at the school.  Students shared about how in the past they would have resorted to fighting as their only means for settling conflict, but now they turn to the restorative justice and community circles where students and faculty can talk through their differences and come to resolution.  Zac was also able to hear about how young men of color are getting engaged in BHC from the Every Student Matters campaign, to the SCIG railyard to violence prevention. 

Finally, Zac was able to take an air quality tour and hear about the many projects that the air quality working group is addressing.  After the tour, Zac commented, “It was clear you all really care, are well informed, have a true passion in tackling your focus issues, and taught me a lot. At times it can be daunting and disappointing to hear the negative macro stories and challenges in our community, but it is always uplifting to hear from people like you that are making a tangible, positive difference.” Many thanks to Zac for coming down to visit! We hope to see you again soon!

California Teachers Want to Be Armed

We're excited to share this new 60 second video that The California Endowment recently released. It's called "California Teachers Want To Be Armed." You can watch it here.  It's a response to calls from the National Rifle Association and some politicians who want to arm teachers with guns to keep schools safe. The fifteen or so teachers in the video speak out on what they truly want and need to be armed with to keep schools violence free. The teachers call for counselors, mentors, and mental health professionals. They also ask to be armed with Shakespeare, school supplies.......even an infinite world of math and science!  The answer to guns isn’t more guns, one of the teachers says.   All of the teachers are from LA Unified schools. Check it out and pass it on - please feel free to share our messages on the video by retweeting our posts from the @calendow Twitter handle and Liking our video posts on our Facebook page. You can also follow the hashtag #schoolsafety on Twitter. Here’s The California Endowment’s press release on the video. Thanks in advance!

Students Have 99 Problems and the Bus is One


By Summer Culbreth and Kazmere Duffey

Backpack check. Breakfast check. Out the door you go, and you’re thinking today will be a good day.

But as you walk to the bus stop and see the bus fly by, you’re wondering why the bus isn’t stopping. It’s too full. So you wait. When the next bus comes, it’s full from the front door to the back. So what do you do? You beg the bus driver to let you on.

While entering the bus people are yelling, coughing and laughing in your ear and on top of that, every time the bus stops, 25 people almost knock you down from the force of stopping.

By the time you get to school, you’re in a bad mood and on top of that, you’re forced to go to detention because you’re late. But these are things you have to deal with since you take public transportation.



May 23rd
Bungalow Building

California Breathing's New Asthma Report
May 28th

Steering Committee Meeting
May 28th
BHC Long Beach Office

Youth Committee Meeting
May 28th
Centro CHA

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

Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan
Community Meetings and Forums

Community Forum
March 9, 2013
9:00am to 12:00pm
Chavez Park
401 Golden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Community Forum
April 27, 2013
2pm to 4pm
Silverado Park
1545 W 31st Street  
Long Beach, CA 90810
Community Forum & UCLA Student Presentation
June 1, 2013
12pm to 3pm
Jordan High School
6500 Atlantic Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90805

Community Forum
June 20 
6pm to 8pm
El Dorado Park West 
Community Center
2800 N Studebaker Rd, 
Long Beach, CA 90815
Focus Group
Community Based Organizations
April 27, 2013
10am to 12pm
Silverado Park
1545 W 31
Long Beach, CA 90810

Clases de Diabetes
Venga a recibir entrenamiento de prevencion y manejo del diabetes.

Programa de 10 sesiones, en Espaniol y totalmento gratuito.
Abierto para adultos con diabetes, pre diabeticos y para toda persona interesada en aprender sobre el tema.

Algunos de los temas seran:
  • La alimantacion
  • Uso del glucomeno
  • Manejo del Estres
  • Nutricion

Las sesiones seran cada lunes de 10am - 12pm
Empezando 20 de Mayo, 2013
905 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

Para informacion y registratcion pro favor comuniquese al 562-387-3254 | 562-522-6320 | 562-313-4672

Moving Forward After the People's State of the City

Join us at our next Coalition Meeting on May

23rd to discuss opportunities to work together and the next steps after this historic event. 

Learn more about Long Beach Rising 2013
Power Analysis Workshop Series, Summer
Leadership Program, Fall
Voter Engagement Project, Winter


What:  Coalition Meeting - Long Beach Rising!
When:  May 23rd, Thursday at 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where:  Bungalow Building, 727 Pine Ave
Light Refreshments will be provided
(562) 396-4552

Advocacy Institute Summer 2013

Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles presents a three-session series that will cover the basics of advocacy on a statewide level, as well as hands-on tools and practice to enable members to develop an idea into a bill, plan advocacy strategies to move legislators, prepare testimony for hearings, move a bill into law, and become powerful advocates for systems change. The institute will take place from 10am-Noon on June 26, July 24 and 10am-1pm onAugust 28 at The California Endowment located at 1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. The Advocacy Institute is presented in partnership with Senator Carol Liu’s Office, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Rainbow Services and Drug Policy Alliance.

Click here for a copy of the flyer and the application!
CCEJ Presents a 2-day Training on Restorative Practices
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice in schools is about a culture shift away from zero-tolerance and overly punitive disciplinary systems and towards a restorative model. Restorative Practices in schools uses the tool of dialogue in circles for community building, preventing conflict, and as a response to disciplinary incidents.
What will you learn at this training?
This two-day training will give participants an understanding of the philosophy and practice of Restorative Justice. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the restorative circle process, as well as receive hands-on coaching in facilitation of circles, known as "circle-keeping".
All participants will walk away equipped with the tools to run a community-building circle in and out of the classroom.
Who should attend this training?
School-site administrators, teachers, counselors, school resource officers, and all other school-based staff.
When is the training offered?
The training will be offered twice over the summer:
July 8-9
August 1-2
Fee: $100 or sliding scale
Breakfast and Lunch are provided
For more information and to register, please contact:
Alicia Virani - - 562-435-8184
(please include your desired training dates in the email)
Clinica legal de Accion Diferida
Y consultas generales de inmigracion

DACA Pre-evaluacion: jueves mayo 23 de 12:30pm - 5:00pm, pre-evaluaciones seran en The Center (2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA). Por favor, vaya a or llame para hacer una cita. (todos son bienvenidos)

Clinica Legal: Sabado Junio 1, St. Luke's Church (525 E. 7th St., Long Beach, CA 90813) de 11:00am - 3:00pm

Para obtener mas informacion, contacte a:; (562)204-6333;

Deferred Action Legal Clinic
And General Immigration Consultation

DACA Pre-screening: Thurs. May 23rd from 12:30pm - 5:00pm, we will pre-screen applications at The Center (2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA). Please go to or please call to make an appointment. (drop-ins are welcome)

Legal Clinic: Saturday, June 1, St. Luke's Church (525 E. 7th St., Long Beach, CA ) from 11:00am - 3:00pm

More information contact:; (562) 204-6333;



Profile of Advocacy Progress: Cross Site Annual Policy Report
This report provides a snapshot of the most advanced policy efforts being pursued across TCE's 14 communities.

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
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USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration presents innovative California Scorecard, includes regional ratings of immigrant progress

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