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Help us make 2014 the *HEALTHIEST* year yet for Long Beach!

Happy New Year to all of our partners with Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach!! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and were able to relax and rejuvenate for the year ahead! This year, our resolution is to make 2014 the healthiest year yet and we need all of you to help us achieve this goal!

How can you get involved?

Join one of our work groups! We currently have 4 active work groups with more on the horizon:
  • Neighborhoods
  • Youth
  • Schools
  • Environmental Health
Attend one of community events:
  • MLK Day Parade March - January 18th
  • Skate Day 2014 - January 25th
  • Next Hub Meeting - First Week of April
Or talk to one of our staff to see how else you can get involved, particularly with our key partners like the Long Beach Time Exchange!

And as always, stay tuned to the newsletter and the Facebook Page for all the latest and up to the minute updates of our work!


Local Campaign Updates

Housing Element Campaign

For the past year, Housing Long Beach (HLB) and several other partner organizations, alongside hundreds of community residents, led a campaign to include changes into the Housing Element that would create tangible changes to increase the current stock of affordable housing in Long Beach and also preserve what we have.

Hard work early on led to the inclusion of the rent trust account - a new code enforcement model to be implemented in 2015 - which will have significant implications for the Long Beach renters living in substandard units.  HLB will work with community partners, city staff and council to ensure that this program moves forward in a timely and effective manner, and that it will have the most benefit for our Long Beach families.The night of the final vote by city council to approve the Housing Element, Housing Long Beach proposed three additional edits. After several speakers, both in support and opposed to the changes, and robust discussion, the City Council voted to approve the Housing Element without any of the proposed edits.

If you'd like to know more about this campaign and other ways that you can get involved in Housing Long Beach, please visit: www.housinglongbeach.org.

Table of Contents


Peace Week - Spirit on the Move
January 15th
MLK Park

Peace Week - Read for Peace
January 16th
Mark Twain Library

Peace Week - Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration
January 18th
MLK Avenue

MLK Holiday - BHC Office Closed
January 20th

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!


Voicewaves Logo

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:


AmeriCorps Logo

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Health Fair

I am writing on behalf of BHC/AmeriCorps a national service initiative whose members work on projects designed to meet critical local needs in education, public safety, human services, and the environment. In Long Beach, BHC/AmeriCorps provides mentoring services to secondary school youth. Mentors help youth develop a greater sense of self-worth, personal responsibility and agency. We also encourage them to participate in new experiences, and set personal goals.
In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, BHC/AmeriCorps is hosting a Day of Service for community members in Long Beach, which will consist of a run-a-thon, free nutritional food, raffles, a presentation of artwork from local youth, and other fun activities promoting healthy lifestyle choices. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.

The event will take place 
MLK Jr. Day, January 20th, at Washington Middle School (1450 Cedar Ave. Long Beach) from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our event. Please consider coming out, supporting, and enjoying an afternoon of good, healthy fun. If you have questions please contact us at: americorps.mlk.day2014@gmail.com
Glad to be of service,
Cruz Soliz
AmeriCorps Member/Mentor

Organize, Communicate, and Win!

Join UNITE HERE Local 11 for a free volunteer training.
Learn how you can make a difference in campaigns for worker and immigrant rights using the power of digital technology and social media.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
9am - 12pm

464 Lucas Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Free Flu Vaccine

The Latin American Community Center has 50 Free Flu shots that they are able to provide in partnership with Walgreens. Community members that would like to take advantage of this program can reach out to Raymond Chavarria at 562-343-5100 or visit the Latin American Community Center Office at 2338 E. Anaheim Street, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90804 to pick up a free voucher.

Free Citizenship Classes for 2014

Due to popular demand, Centro Shalom will once again be offering FREE Citizenship Classes for individuals seeking to pass the U.S. citizenship exam. The classes begin Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and run every Tuesday night there after from 5:30pm- 7:30m.

These classes are designed for adults who are in the process or interested in attaining U.S. Citizenship. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish. For more information, please see the attached flyer or call: 562-591-2214

Click here to download the flyer.

Fellowship & Program Opportunities

Capitol Fellows Program

Application deadline: February 10, 2014

The Center administers four fellowship programs.  For a description of each program and application materials, please click on the links below: 

These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. The ranks of former fellows include a Justice of the California Supreme Court, members of the United States Congress and the State Legislature, a deputy director of the Peace Corps, state and local government officials, corporate executives and community leaders.

Fellows in each program work for 10 - 11 months, receive health benefits and a monthly stipend of $1972 and are employees of Sacramento State. They work as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office, and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. Fellows also enroll as graduate students at Sacramento State and receive graduate units from the Sacramento State Government Department or Public Policy and Administration Program.  The enrollment fees are paid by the programs.

The selection process for the fellows programs starts in the late fall when the application period opens. Anyone with a bachelor's degree by September 1, 2014 and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service is eligible to apply. There are no preferred majors. Applicants must be 20 years of age by September 1, 2014. Graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome. Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status. The Capital Fellows Programs do not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas.

Fellows are selected in the spring and start their programs in fall with an intensive orientation conducted by the program, after which they interview with various offices before being placed. They attend weekly graduate seminars conducted by their program's academic advisors.

The Center also administers the Federal-State Relations Fellowship which places a Capital Fellow with the California Institute for Federal Policy Research in Washington, DC the year following his/her fellowship year.

Find our more information, please visit the website: http://www.csus.edu/calst/capital_fellows_programs_overview.html

Call for Applications-Women Organizing for Justice

The WOJ program is an educational opportunity for formerly incarcerated women.  We will be training a core group of women to become leaders in movements for social justice; with a focus on eliminating discrimination and improving community conditions for people who are returning from prison/jail and others with criminal convictions. Two (2) possible internships (paid) may be offered upon completion of the training program. Starting with a three day retreat, this 6 month training program will be held in February of 2014 (exact date, and location to be determined). Must have previous incarceration history to attend. All registration criteria must be completed to be considered.

There are 30 spots available, so don't delay. Please contact A New Way of Life (323) 563-3575 orMeisee.anewwayoflife@gmail.com for the complete registration package.

A New Way of Life Reentry Project
PO Box 875288
Los Angeles, CA 90087

VoiceWaves is Recruiting Youth 16-24

VoiceWaves is recruiting for its Winter-Spring Term

VoiceWaves teaches journalism and multi-media skills to committed and engaged Long Beach Youth from 16 to 24 years old. Through creative expression, the youth learn how to use writing, photography, video, radio and social media to produce stories for a Healthy Long Beach.

VoiceWaves is committed to being a megaphone for the many diverse voices that are Long Beach. We discover stories through dialogue and community engagement.

Applications are available online at

VoiceWaves Training


Deadline January 31, 2014.

Find us at www.voicewaves.org

 Inquiries to Antonio Ruiz at aruiz@newamericamedia.org

 VoiceWaves is a project of New America Media with the support of the California Endowment in partnership with Building Healthy Communities Long Beach.



Know Your Rights

In August, 2013, the Long Beach City Council passed a City-wide Language Access Policy that increased and improved translation and interpretation services for residents in Spanish, Khmer & Tagalog. Make sure you are informed and know your rights!


Job Opportunities

BSC Program Support Staff

BSC Program Support Staff | Best Start Communities
Full time/ LImited Term/ Non-exempt | Salary: $15 per hour, payable bi-weekly
Program Support Staff are supervised by the Best Start Communities Program Resources Manager and directly support the Best Start Community teams by coordinating various aspects of meetings and special events including logistics and vendor management. 
For more information, click here.

Administrative Officer  LBDHHS

City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services - Administrative Officer
The Administrative Officer reports to the Director of Health and Humans Services Department, and is responsible for providing administrative policy, safety, and personnel services to the Department and its bureaus.

Funding Development Specialist LBDHHS

City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services - Funding Development Specialist
(Public Health Associate III - Unclassified)
$25.51 - $34.65 per hour | Full Benefits

This position is responsible for researching and cultivating relevant private, foundation and public grant offerings to support Department goals and specific initiatives; effective communications with internal and external stakeholders; and marketing strategies.

Full Time Community Organizer - East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Full Time Community Organizer
Objective: to build community power among local leaders through individual and group leadership development trainings, workshops, and direct -action (including but not limited to protests, rallies, demonstrations, etc.)

Welcome Baby Parent Coach (Job ID Number: 1300009768)

To apply, please visit: http://www.dignityhealthcareers.org
  • Experience in home visitation
  • Bilingually proficient in Spanish or Khmer
  • Strong familiarity with the Long Beach or Wilmington communities as a plus
Program Contact: Lindsey Gervacio - 562-491-9100

Healthy Families America Family Support Worker (Job ID Number: 1300018661)

To apply, please visit: http://www.dignityhealthcareers.org
  • Experience in home visitation
  • Bilingually proficient in Spanish or Khmer
  • Strong familiarity with the Long Beach or Wilmington communities as a plus
Program Contact: Jessica Lim - 562-491-9100

Californians for Justice - Organizing and Policy Director

Organizing and Policy Director
Working closely with the Executive Director (ED) and Organizing Director, the Organizing & Policy Director plays a key role in providing overall leadership to CFJ’s campaign strategy and is responsible for the strategic direction of our Long Beach, Fresno, CQE and Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) work. This position supervises three staff, shares oversight of our organizing work with the Organizing Director, and reports directly to the ED.

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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