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Building Healthy Communities Breakfast and Learning Club

Hosted by: Jenny Chheang and Kerry Gallagher

Discussion Topic: "Rules for Radicals" a classic book on how to effect social change.

Friday, February 28th
9:00am - 10:30am
Trinity Lutheran Church
The Fellowship Room
759 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813

The first 12 people to RSVP will receive a copy of "Rules for Radicals"

Please RSVP to amber@bhclongbeach.org

Long Beach Boys and Men of Color Summit


Centro CHA is now recruiting volunteers, chaperones, and facilitators for the Boys and Men of Color Summit on February 25, 2014 hosted at CSULB. The Volunteer Announcement Fact Sheet provides more detailed information on the event and an application if you are interested in applying as a volunteer. 

All applications must be received by Tuesday, February 18, 2014, no later than 4pm. For more information please contact Francisco Martinez at: 562-570-4722

LBVPP Creating a Safer Long Beach

In 2013 you participated in a Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan community forum or focus group. When asked what you could do to prevent violence, your commitment cards expressed various ways community members could help. The LBVPP Team encourages you to use your interests to take action and help us prevent violence in the City of Long Beach.  Here are some ways you can get involved: 

Volunteer to Make Your Neighborhood Better: For volunteer opportunities and community involvement, your email has been added to the Neighborhood Resources Center e-mail list, which will keep you abreast of local tree plantings, cleanups and community activities. 

Join Your Local Neighborhood Association: Need help identifying which Neighborhood Association covers your area? Call  (562) 570-6812.  Provided is a link to all the Neighborhood Associations in Long Beach.  We encourage you to join and stay involved! 

Mentor a Youth: For mentoring opportunities please contact Teresa Gomez,  Human Dignity Program Coordinator, at (562) 570-6730 or Teresa.Gomez@longbeach.gov

Report Crime or Problems in Your Neighborhood:  Download the following apps: Go Long Beach and GO LBPD to easily report problems. 

Report Code Enforcement Cases to: www.lbcode.org 

We thank you for your involvement in the creation of the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan. Let's work together to keep Long Beach Safe. 

Black History Month: A Conversation with Local Unsung Civil Rights Heroes

By VoiceWaves Youth Reporter: Alyson Byrant

As a young African American woman, February is an especially important month to me. Because of the consequences of slavery, I do not know much of my own family history. But every year, Black History Month comes around to highlight all of the amazing things African American people have done for this country and I get to hear stories about famous black leaders as well as those unsung heroes that might not get as much recognition.

In the videos below, VoiceWaves interviewed two of those unsung heroes: Evelyn Knight and Peggy Preacely. Both women, who also happen to live in Long Beach, shared their roles and histories in the civil rights movement and gave advice and encouragement to youth interested in fighting for social justice today.


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Job Openings

Applications for the position of Long Beach Hub Manager are due Wednesday, March 12th by 3:00pm. Click the link below for more information and to find out how you can apply!

BHC Long Beach Jobs


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

Livable Streets Mayoral Forum

LongBeachize will be hosting the Livable Streets Mayoral Forum at the Art Theatre on February 25 at 7pm. This forum will be a chance for the top contenders for mayor to discuss everything from how they would increase transportation options to improving air quality to bicycle rights. Essentially, it is a forum to discuss how they plan to make Long Beach a better place to live, work, move, and play. The event is free and open to the public.

Confirmed candidates include:

We recognize that not everyone can make it to the Art, so our sister-site Streetsblog Los Angeles will be Live Streaming the event at Streetsblog TV. Bookmark this link to watch the event live. The following day, Streetsblog will post the entire debate on their YouTube channel.

Questions from readers and the public are encouraged and can be done by hopping on either Twitter or Facebook and using #LBMayoralForum.

The forum is co-sponsored with Bikeable Communities, the Long Beach Post, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Pedal Love, Streetsblog Los Angeles and Pocrass and De Los Reyes Attorneys at Law.

It will be moderated by Alan Crawford, former Mobility Coordinator for the City of Long Beach, and hosted by Brian Addison, an editor and writer with the Post and Longbeachize.

The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP via their Facebook Invite or Eventbrite

Evaluation Basics & Logic Models

Assess the strength of your programs!
Tell your story better by leveraging data!

In this two (2) part workshop, participants will learn about the building blocks for a good program development and evaluation.  The first session will focus on the importance of evaluation for program strengthening.  Logic models will be de-mystified!  We will focus on using the logic model as a living tool for mapping program design, as well as how to use success stories from clients as a technique for developing the logic model itself.  You will have the opportunity to field-test and receive feedback on your logic model, and learn to make it accessible for your staff.  The second session will dive deeper into how and why to use evaluation not just for program outcomes, but process and design.

2-Part Workshop
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 and
Monday, March 10, 2014
10am - 12pm

The California Endowment
2nd Floor, Suite C
1000 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Free for VPC Members
$25 for non VPC Members


Khmer Girls in Action Host Health Fair and Wellness Week!

As a part of National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, Khmer Girls in Action will host a week-long event at four high schools in Long Beach as a part of their Youth at the CORE Campaign to establish wellness centers at Long Beach High Schools. It is an opportunity to connect students to the information, resources and skills to support their physical, emotional, and mental health. When these needs are met, it makes it easier for a student to attend school, focus in the classroom and succeed academically.

Wellness Week will take place on: Tuesday, February 18 - Friday, February 21
the Health Fair will take place on: Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 11:35am - 12:35pm at Long Beach Poly High School (1600 Atlantic Ave)

Other high schools involved include: Long Beach Polytechnic, Wilson, Cabrillo and Jordan.

Diabetes Classes

Learn how to PREVENT and MANAGE Diabetes

This is a FREE program to learn how to prevent and manage diabetes. This 6-week English course is intended for adults with diabetes, prediabetes or for anyone wanting to learn more about how to prevent or manage diabetes. Family members are welcome. No childcare will be provided.

Come and learn about:
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Stress Management
  • Managing Medication
Classes in English begin February 25, 2014 from 1am - 12pm

To register and for location information, call Michelle Fino at 562-570-7941 or email Michelle.Fino@longbeach.gov
Clases de Diabetes

Aprenda como PREVENIR y MANEJAR la Diabetes

Participe en un programa GRATUITO y en espanol. Esta clase de 6 semanas es para adultos con diabetes, prediabetes o para cualquiera que desee aprender mas sobre como prevenir o manejar la diabetes. Familiares son bienvenidos. No se ofrece cuidado de ninos.

Ven y aprende sobre:
  • El ejercicio
  • La nutricion
  • Manejo del estres
  • El uso adecuado de los medicamentos
Clases en Espanol empiezan el 20 de Febrero, 2014 de 2pm - 4pm.

Para registro y lugar de clases, llamele a Annabel Barajas al 562-570-7903 o por correo electronico Annabel.Barajas@longbeach.gov

Welcome Baby

The Leadership Summit

Save the Date - February 22, 2014

When: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 759 Linden Ave.

Join us for an all day training and leadership development session. Afternoon workshops will grow your skills to impact change in Long Beach. Sessions include: Government 101, Basics of Community Organizing, Power Analysis, and Public Speaking.

Conferenica de Liderazgo

Ahorre la Fecha - 22 de Febrero, 2014

Cuando: Sabado, 22 de febrero 2014
Lugar: Trinity Lutheran Church, 759 Linden Ave

Acompanenos en un dia de entrenamiento y una sesion de desarrollo de liderazgo. Talleres en la tarde creceran sus habilidades para afectar el cambio en Long Beach. Las sesiones incluyen: Gobierno 101, Fundamentos de la Organizando a la Comunidad, analisis de poder y hablar en publico.

Beat the Odds Scholarship Program

2014 Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholarship program

Applications must be received by February 14, 2014 by 5:00pm. Click here to download the application packet: http://goo.gl/TLFGLU 

The CDF  Beat the Odds  Scholarship program will honor ten outstanding high school sophomores in Los Angeles who are working hard to overcome tremendous obstacles in their personal lives, demonstrate academic achievement, and give back to their community.

Ten students will be selected to participate in the scholarship program. Five finalists will receive a college scholarship valued at  $10,000, and five semi-finalists will receive a college scholarship valued at $1,000. All ten will receive access to college and career readiness opportunities throughout the duration of their academic career and beyond, including on-going mentoring, one-one-one college counseling, SAT prep courses, and college tours throughout California.
Additionally, the five finalists will be honored at the 26th Annual Beat the Odds Awards Dinner. Professional documentaries of each finalist's life story will be produced and shown at the event. Visit us online to learn more and meet former scholarship recipients: http://goo.gl/7pMyCN

To be eligible for the program, students must be nominated or seek nomination from a teacher, counselor, caseworker, or other adult who can speak of the students odds. At minimum, applicants must be high school sophomores residing in greater Los Angeles, be in need of resources to reach their full potential, and be able to demonstrate academic promise and a commitment to community service. There is no G.P.A. requirement. 

If you would like to nominate a student for the scholarship program, complete the application packet and email a.pdf copy to Saira Soto at cdfca@childrensdefense.org or fax it to (213) 355-8795 by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 14th, 2014.


Job Opportunities

Policy Coordinator - A New Way of Life Rentry Project
A New Way of Life Reentry Project is now hiring for a Public Policy Coordinator. The position is based in Los Angeles and assists in advancing the organization's public policy and systems change efforts. For more information about position and qualifications, click the link above. Submit cover letter and resume to: meisee@anewwayoflife.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, Operations Manager

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