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South LA Newsletter - 1-28-13

posted Jan 28, 2013, 12:40 PM by BHC Boyle Heights   [ updated Jan 28, 2013, 12:42 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Resource Center Opens
LIFT – a national organization that aims to expand opportunity for all people in the United States – will open its Los Angeles office onJan. 28 at 9 a.m. LIFT is a community resource center that connects clients to different services they may need. Trained volunteers will work one-on-one with clients to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits, and obtain quality referrals to partner organizations around the city for services like childcare and healthcare. Volunteers will help clients navigate often confusing and difficult applications while developing a professional, supportive and nurturing environment. LIFT-LA’s office is located at 1910 Magnolia Ave., LA, 90007. For more information, call 213.744.9468.

New South LA Farmers Market Opens
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) has been selected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin a farmers market in South Los Angeles, an area known for being a food desert. The $81,240 grant went towards startup and operations costs for a full-service, weekly farmers market located atCrenshaw Christian Center, 7901 S. Vermont Ave., LA 90044. The farmers market is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Flu Vaccinations Provided
LA’s Promise partnered with St. John’s Health and Wellness Center earlier this month to provide free flu vaccinations to approximately 75 South Los Angeles students and residents. The vaccines were distributed through the Wellness Center at Manual Arts High School and the Parent Center at John Muir Middle School. Due to high demand, St. Johns' and LA’s Promise will offer free vaccines again on Tuesday, January 29 from 1-3 p.m. at John Muir and Wednesday, January 30 from9 to 11 a.m. at Manual Arts. For more information, visit each school’s Parent Center or call: John Muir Parent Center 323.565.2281 or Manual Arts Parent Center 323.846.7363.

VPC General Meeting
Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles is hosting its general meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 1-3 p.m. at The California Endowment. The topic will be Gun Violence Policy and Practice. Panelists will include Dr. Joseph Simpson, who will talk about laws governing access to guns for people diagnosed with mental health issues, and Suzanne Verge from The Brady Campaign Los Angeles. Verge will talk about current and emerging gun policies and how we can help change them. The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP toinfo@vpcgla.org

Mayoral Forum to Address Black Job Crisis
Join the Los Angeles Black Worker Center and allies onThursday, Jan. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. for the South LA Mayoral Candidate Forum. The forum will be held at Ward A.M.E. Church, 1177 W. 25th St. in Los Angeles. Candidates will address the black job crisis in Los Angeles. Please RSVP with Saliem Aregaye at 323.752.7287. Click here for the flyer.

CHC's Latest Newsletter
Read the latest edition of theABCs of Health Coverage. The newsletter helps parents and other residents keep up-to-date on changes that impact health and health coverage for their families.www.chc-inc.org/abc-newsletterorhttp://www.chc-inc.org/abc-boletin.

Energy Efficiency Program
RePower LA is encouraging South LA residents to sign up for the Department of Water and Power (DWP) free Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP). The program provides low- to moderately-low income families to receive free energy saving services such as insulation of attics, sealing of windows and doors, appliance improvements and much more. Not only will it help keep utility bills down, it has helped improve the housing conditions for hundreds of South LA residents who have already taken advantage of the program. This program was made possible the advocacy work of RePower LA and its 40 coalition partners, including BHC SLA partners LAANE. For an application or general information, call Laura at 213-977-9400 ext 131.

Job Opening
The Los Angeles Child Guidance Center is looking for a full-time Advancement Associate to join its team. For more information about this position, clickhere. To view more open positions at the center, visitwww.lachild.org.

BHC SLA Youth Participate in Statewide Summit

Thirteen members of BHC South LA Youth Action Council attended a statewide youth summit on Monday, Jan. 21 at The California Endowment (TCE). The California Endowment, in partnership with the California Center for Civic Participation, Movement Strategy Center, Simpson and Associates, and Watson and Associates, teamed up with Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation, to host the #DREAMBRAVE summit. More than 150 emerging young leaders from the Building Healthy Communities sites participated.

#DREAMBRAVE aimed to raise awareness of issues that impede youth while also engaging them as change makers to support places where young people have healthy development opportunities in schools, neighborhoods, and with prevention. A major focus of the summit was to engage other young people across the state via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.) to support safe and healthy communities for youth.

Following the summit, which took place on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, youth participants and adult allies marched from TCE to the Staples Center in the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement marches.

Opposition to Anti-Affordable Housing Law Grows
The latest version of a controversial ordinance that would reduce affordable housing and increase homelessness in Los Angeles continues to draw fire from a citywide coalition of businesses, labor, faith, and advocates for the poor, veterans, disabled, and homeless. Although LA City Councilmember Mitch Englander has repeatedly claimed that opposition is decreasing, the number of groups opposed to the Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO) is actually rising and has surpassed 140.

The CCFO, which is slated for a city council vote this week, would eliminate the only affordable living option – shared housing – for thousands of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Policymakers claim that the law is intended to keep vulnerable populations safe by removing them from 'dangerous' group home environments. The Department of Disabilities says the law as written would “dramatically increase homelessness for the majority of renting families of four or more people.” The ordinance would even prevent homeless shelters from housing more than three people on parole or probation. This means ex-offenders could be released from jail only to be forced into living on the streets, causing concern that crime would continue.

Who else relies on shared housing? Women needing an escape from their abusive partners; homeless individuals who finally find shelter after years on the streets; mentally challenged people who are learning to live with others. These are a few of many examples of those who would lose their homes if the CCFO passes.

The Stop CCFO Coalition – which includes BHC SLA partners LA CAN and Community Coalition – believes that the way to curb dangerous group homes is through better enforcement, not by rewriting the city’s housing policy to discriminate against the poor and the defenseless.

This story was contributed by Stop CCFO Coalition. For more information, visit

LA's Promise Brings Healthcare Access to Parents
In collaboration with the California Medical Hospital, LA’s Promise -- a strong BHC SLA partner -- is offering free health and wellness programing to the parents of John Muir Middle School, Manual Arts High School and West Adams Preparatory High School. From now to May 2013, parents from each school will be able to participate in a five-week Health, Fitness and Diabetes Prevention Education workshop series. In this series, parents will learn preventive measures to fight the onset of diabetes, including the role nutrition and physical activity play in combatting this disease. Educating residents on how to become mentally and physically fit contributes to BHC South LA's overall vision of making our communities healthier.

Starting in February, the California Medical Hospital will also facilitate a Heart Help Program, a seven-week series focusing on the importance of safeguarding one’s heart. LA’s Promise parents will learn how to control blood pressure and make healthy food choices. At the end of the program, each parent will receive a free blood work up and a one-on-one consultation to review their results.

LA’s Promise believes that health and wellness is important in order for students to excel in school and for parents to engage in their child’s academic success. Through its partnership with the California Medical Hospital, LA’s Promise is proud to empower parents to evaluate their current lifestyle habits and make informed decisions to be the best advocates for their children.

Long Beach: Summer Night Lights Youth Squad Applications - NOW AVAILABLE

posted May 21, 2012, 10:40 PM by Julio Zaldivar   [ updated May 21, 2012, 10:44 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

Centro CHA is calling all youth between the ages of 16-18 to apply under our Youth Squad Summer Internship Program.

Young persons who want to take action intheir community can take part in the Youth Squad PAID Internship program that provides job training and work experience.

click link to view application deadline and eligibility criteria

In addition, Centro C.H.A. is soliciting a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide youth development, violence prevention services under the Summer Night Lights Program at three park locations. Interested applicants are required to atted a granters meeting held on:

Restorative Justice gives Everyone a Voice

posted May 21, 2012, 10:35 PM by Julio Zaldivar   [ updated May 21, 2012, 10:35 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

'Everyone gets a Voice' restorative justice process
by Jenny Kirk is an article about bringing restorative practices to schools in Minnesota, in order to create an environment where everyone has a voice. The argument made is one that promotes restorative practices in order to deal with bullying within schools. This argument is made by Nancy Riestenberg, school climate specialist. Riestenberg wants restorative practices within schools because she believes that by using this program those of youth can tell their story and take accountability for harm caused.

"Prevention is complicated, Riestenberg said. But by using restorative practices, which between 30-35 percent of Minnesota schools use, harm can be repaired and the environment improved. The concept, which some refer to as a circle group, requires accountability, cooperation, communication and consistency."

"That's an example of restorative justice," Riestenberg said. "No one was left out. What happens in a restorative process is talk, talk, talk. Everybody gets a voice. Part of what you're hoping to give back to the bullied child is their voice."

To Read More Click here

BHC Boyle Heights is looking for a Community Organizer

posted May 21, 2012, 10:31 PM by Julio Zaldivar   [ updated May 21, 2012, 10:31 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

East LA Community Corporation has an exciting new part-time position of BHCBH HUB Community Organizer.  BHCBH is a community collaborative of over 30 community based non-profit organizations, public agencies, and hundreds of community residents that seeks to enact systems change to improve the health of the community.

Click here for full job description

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