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LBUSD Votes to Improve Discipline and Keep Kids in School

(Long Beach)  Tonight, the Long Beach Unified School District passed a resolution to promote positive alternatives to exclusionary school discipline by a unanimous vote.  The resolution urges LBUSD schools to provide alternatives to suspensions and expulsions by expanding Restorative Justice programs that support all students in becoming healthy, thriving adults.

“Restorative Justice allows a student to see the larger picture of his/her defiance,” said Barbara Lindholm, Principal at Reid High School. “We aren’t interested in ‘punishment.’ Rather, we want to inculcate the values of empathy, orderliness, and manners in students – lifelong lessons which they will use in future arenas.”  A student from Poly High School and a leader from Khmer Girls in Action, Malachy Keo, echoed Principal Lindholm adding, “I’ve had disagreements with teachers before.  Restorative Justice practices would have helped me and my teachers see each other’s point of view and build better relationships.”

As the majority of students in Los Angeles County, young people of color have a vital role to play in making our neighborhoods safer, our economy stronger and steering our city and state towards success. Yet low income and young men of color have the lowest life expectancy rates, highest unemployment rates, fewest high school and college graduates and most murder victims of any demographic group in the county. This reality starts in school policies that unfairly target students of color for suspensions which ultimately lead to truancy and drop-outs. 


View coverage of the ESM campaign and photo galleries on the Every Student Matters Facebook Page!

Long Beach Wins Grant to Study Removing Freeway on Westside

California Department of Transportation awards a quarter million dollar Environmental Justice Transportation Planning Grant to City of Long Beach to develop community-based, Terminal Island Freeway Transition Plan on Westside.

Long Beach – The City of Long Beach announced that they have been awarded a quarter million dollar Environmental Justice Transportation Planning grant through the California Department of Transportation [Caltrans] to develop the Terminal Island Freeway Transition Plan.  

The California Department of Transportation Environmental Justice Grant Program:
“promotes the involvement of low-income and minority communities, and Native American tribal governments in the planning for transportation projects. EJ grants have a clear focus on transportation and community development issues to prevent or mitigate disproportionate, negative impacts while improving mobility, access, safety, and opportunities for affordable housing an economic development.”

Based on the Caltrans Award Listing the plan is to:
“The Terminal Island (TI) Freeway Transition Plan will provide planning and conceptual design services to develop a vision for transforming the TI Freeway into an 88-acre greenbelt and local roads that will directly benefit a disproportionately impacted environmental justice community in West Long Beach. This plan presents a rare opportunity to coordinate replacing an underutilized freeway while mitigating pollution impacts to address long-standing community health concerns.”

From the City of Long Beach press release:
“This grant presents a unique opportunity to work with the community on a plan to replace the underutilized freeway while mitigating pollution impacts to address long-standing community health concerns,” Mayor Bob Foster said.
The transformation of the TI Freeway would constitute one of the largest freeway removal projects in Southern California history, and has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for West Long Beach residents.


Re-Imagining Diversity

VoiceWaves, in partnership with Palacio de Long Beach Magazine and the Public Access Digital Network (PADNET), produced a one-hour special which premiered on September 26, 7-8pm. Hosted by Palacio's publisher Andrea Sulsona, the program explored the people and issues behind the census statistics. Here are parts 1-3 of "Re-Imagining Diversity in Long Beach"






Schools Work Group
October 15
BHC Long Beach Office

CCEJ Annual Dinner
October 17
The Grand

Positive School Discipline Webinar
October 17

ReThinking Santa Fe Corridor
October 19
Cabrillo High School

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The California Endowment
Long Beach TIme Exchange
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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

Rethinking the Santa Fe Corridor

A Community Conference on

Academic Performance & Health Along the Santa Fe Corridor

Hosted by:
Felton Williams, Ph.D - Board Member, Long Beach Unified School District
Elisa Nicholas, M.D. - CEO, The Children's Clinic

Saturday, October 19, 2013
8:30am - 1:00pm

8:30am - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00am - Program

Cabrillo High School Auditorium
2001 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813

Fore pre-registration or information email or call 562-977-8887

Khmer, Spanish & Tagalog Translation provided

Sponsored by: 
Long Beach Community Foundation
Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation
ReThinking Greater Long Beach
Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach

Positive School Discipline Webinar

Invisible Wounds, School Safety and the Importance of Trauma Informed Schools

Dr. Marleen Wong, USC Associate Dean

Please register for this event at the following link:

In response to the strong feedback provided by participants at the May 20th Convening, TCE Positive School Discipline Learning Network is pleased to announce the webinar, "Invisible Wounds, School Safety and the Importance of Trauma Informed Schools" with Dr. Marleen Wong on October 17th, 2013 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm. Tackling the challenge of school discipline and reducing suspensions and expulsions requires a multidisciplinary approach. One facet is addressing trauma, both oblique and invisible, to better meet the needs of both students and the community. The presentation features Dr. Marleen Wong, Associate Dean and Clinical Professor School of Social Work, University of Southern California, along with several discussants to respond to Dr. Wong's presentation and provide local examples. The presentation will provide a brief history of the events which have changed the culture of Education and some local attempts to study the educational and mental health effects of student's exposure to violence. The concept of Trauma Informed Schools will be introduced with suggested ways into which schools can assess and provide services to students who have suffered from traumatic stress, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression associated with exposure to violence. Participants will both learn of evidenced-based approaches and resources to enable them to implement trauma-informed approaches in their local environments, as well as actively engage Dr. Wong and the other presenters throughout the event.

Please register for this event at the following here.

The Answer is Cooperatives

Foodscape Long Beach, with the help of Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, is excited to announce a series of 6 workshops on cooperative development. Your leadership and constituents are hereby invited. This message is to inform and reach out to the groups you represent, as we feel it is likely pertinent to your mission. We are advocating that one of the strongest emerging strategies for economic resilience and social wellness is rooted in cooperatives. And so, our series is part of a campaign we are starting called, "The Answer is Cooperatives."

Our workshop curriculum is an interactive and informative event for business owners, workers, consumers, and producers to learn about cooperative development. We will go over principles, ethics and economics of worker-cooperatives to demonstrate how they are both socially and financially secure. The workshops will be the same program spread over the next year at different locations around Long Beach.

The first workshop is:

Thursday, October 17th
6pm - 9pm

727 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA


Job Opportunities


The Action! Film and Digital Media Academy at LBCAP is now hiring GED candidates/students between the ages of 18-21!

Do you or anyone you know have interest in working in Hollywood? In front of the camera? Behind the scenes? Making your own films or developing your own shows? Action! has partnered with the Long Beach Public Access Network PADNET as well as Blacktree TV - an industry leading online journalism and entertainment company - to bring real film production from Hollywood to Long Beach, and bring students from Long Beach into the Hollywood industry!

In addition to opportunities in digital media and entertainment, students enjoy:
  • Opportunity to earn up to $1,000 paid work experience in digital media
  • GED test reimbursement ($250)
  • Studio and equipment training
  • Opportunities to cover red carpet interviews (for major films!)
  • Develop online shows that will air to thousands of viewers
  • Learn how to shoot, edit and distribute films/video projects
  • Earn paid incentives ($250 in gift cards)
  • We pay for transportation!
  • Job development assistance and placement
The entire program is FREE! Starting mid-October!
For more information contact Chandra Stovall using the contact information below:
Chandra Stovall - 562-373-5267

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
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Long Beach, CA 90813

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