Long Beach Leader And Tri County Bulletin 12 03 2015 E Edition Page 0

What Does Terrorism Look Like? news@longbeachleader.com A Precinct Reporter Group Publication - The Community's Newspaper - ServingLong Beach and Surrounding Communities news@tri-countybulletin.com I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" - Voltaire Your Resource for Over 15 Years (See Page 4) Thursday, December 3, 2015 Vol. 18 - No 41 Student Safety Symposium Saturday Dec. 5 The City of Long Beach in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) will host a Student Safety Symposium, featuring a series of informational workshops for parents and youth grades 6 to 12. The free event is scheduled for Saturday, December 5, at 9:00 am at Alexander Hamilton Middle School, 1060 E. 70th Street, and is part of the Citys Safe Long Beach My Sister's Keeper awareness campaign. Long Beach is committed to supporting the needs of youth and families, said Mayor Robert Garcia. Investing in the success and well- being of young people helps ensure the safety and quality of life for our entire community. The Student Safety Symposium is a great opportunity for parents and students to learn about Internet safety, teen relationships, anti-bullying, and approaches for empowering youth to effectively respond to difficult life circumstances, said Councilmember Rex Richardson. It's very important for youth to learn about these issues at an early age. The event will also feature information about community safety, health and wellness, teen suicide prevention and warning signs, addressing exploitative situations in schools and neighborhoods, and human trafficking prevention. Music, entertainment, and food will be provided. Hamilton Middle School is proud to host the Student Safety Symposium, said Principal Kathleen Cruz. We know this free educational opportunity will provide useful information for parents and students, helping to make our communities safer places to grow, learn and thrive. In January, the Long Beach City Council accepted a three-year, $1.5 million California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program (CalGRIP) grant to support anti-gang efforts and prevent the victimization of at-risk female youth. The CalGRIP grant, titled My Sister's Keeper, is aimed at preventing gang membership and gang victimization among at-risk females between the ages of 10 and 24 years. The project includes a human trafficking awareness campaign, mental health treatment, housing assistance, and mentorship. This is the seventh consecutive year that the City has been a recipient of the CalGRIP grant. Since 2008, more than 2,200 Long Beach youth and families have been served by CalGRIP funded programs and services. My Sister's Keeper is part of Safe Long Beach, the City's Violence Prevention Plan. Adopted by the City Council in May 2014, Safe Long Beach addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime. The Plan draws upon the City's many existing assets to target violence at its root and attain the goal of building a safer Long Beach by 2020. For more information about My Sister's Keeper, contact Teresa Gomez at 562.570.6730 or Teresa.Gomez@ longbeach.gov. For more information on Safe Long Beach, visit www.lbvpp. com. To RSVP to attend one or more of the Student Safety Symposium workshops, fo tohttp://bit.ly/1H9KaM6. To anonymously report suspected human trafficking, call 800.539.2373. (Cont. on Page 5) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship Apps By Dianne Anderson Staff Writer Starting out with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority youth programs, some girls come in too soft spoken and insecure, while others have poor posture and no idea about what it takes to be all grown up. Probably by osmosis from being around so many high powered business and community mentors, before long the girls learn to stand on their own. It's really moving to hear what they've learned, how to be safe or how to budget. One of the girls was the presidential academy winner, and traveled with other participants across the nation, said Clairessa M. Spencer, M.S.W., president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Long Beach Alumnae Chapter. One young lady, selected out of 15 girls nationally, has traveled the country, participated in special workshops, met important leadership, and toured colleges as part of their sorority program. Because many girls are working with such limited resources and access to role models, Spencer said the program specifically drills down on academic awareness and self improvement. On December 1, the organization opened its annual applications to give away $2,000 scholarships for African American senior high school girls planning to attend any accredited four year college. Qualifying students must attend Long Beach City Unified School District, or schools in cities within their service areas in Los Angeles County. Teens already enrolled in their sorority programs are not required to live in the service areas to apply. She said the scholarship money comes in handy because most grants or funding goes directly to colleges, even as students struggle to buy clothes, personal items or school supplies. With the sorority scholarships, the girls can spend as they wish. Nationally and worldwide, the sorority has over 250,000 members. The Long Beach chapter has about 80 members. On December 12, the organization is also inviting the community to cruise into the holiday spirit for a good cause on the BIG Red Double Decker Bus sleigh ride where participants can kick back with a city tour, some wine tasting (Cont. on Page 2) Affordable Care Act Deadline Nears for January Insurance Coverage An important deadline approaches for Californians who want to start the New Year with the protection of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Open enrollment is underway, and consumers who want to be covered on January 1, need to enroll by December 15. Covered California, the agency that administers the ACA in California, has made African American outreach a priority for the year three of the historic program. Since 2014, more than two million people have gotten insurance through Covered California, including African Americans who make up 5 percent of the state's population that is eligible to receive financial assistance to help them pay for coverage and medical care. African Americans though have been slow to enroll at a rate that matches their share of the population. While we have all worked together to dramatically raise awareness about the new law, we have more work to do, Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. We estimate there are still more than two million uninsured people in California who are either eligible for Covered California or qualify for Medi-Cal. Through Covered California, consumers can get financial help, or tax subsidy, that can be worth hundreds of dollars per month and bring health care within reach. We are spotlighting the fact that more than half of those who have enrolled in Covered California -- almost 700,000 -- pay less than $100 a month, with the balance being covered by the federal tax credit. That is real affordability. You can find out if you qualify for financial help, and examine your plan options, by using the Shop and Compare Tool at CoveredCA.com, Lee said. Going forward Covered California will be spotlighting enrollment events at storefronts, insurance agent offices, community events and other locations. Go to the agency's website to find local help. This year's open enrollment period is three months long, and runs until January 31. However, if you qualify for Medi-Cal, you can enroll at any point during the year. If you or someone you know doesn't have health care coverage right now, this is the opportunity to enroll in Covered California. Adopt A Family for Xmas By Dianne Anderson Staff Writer Food pantry baroness Connie Jones and her many helpers are once more working behind the scenes for Santa to make Christmas happen for hundreds of local families. At Orange County Southwest Community Center, the doors are open in the coming weeks to all who want to stop and drop off a toy at the center, which goes right back to the families that need help the most. Everyone is invited to bring whatever they can - food or money. We're taking food, clothing, monetary gifts, gift cards, all of the above and any denomination, said Ms. Jones, executive director of the Southwest Community Center On December 19, the food pantry hosts its traditional Christmas dinner at the center from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., followed by their Christmas party on site at Second Baptist Church from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., where they will distribute toys to over 400 children. The church is located at 4300 Westminster Avenue in Santa Ana. Another big push is the Adopt a Family campaign, which is held the week before Christmas. She is requesting community donate food gift cards because many low income families do not have the means to bake food at home. Some may only have a hotplate or microwave. Some of our families don't have an oven to cook a turkey. So everything is done on top of the stove, a lot of their ovens don't work, she said. The center will give away some food baskets with turkeys, however, most of the turkeys will be prepared at the center for dinner. At this time of year, she said their iscal budget is tight, and can only sustain the most basic necessities. She relies heavily on the community to adopt families. We're great at getting food in, but the other items, clothing for the children, personal necessities, is where we're trying to get funding, she said. Toys for Tots has come through with donations, which takes care of the younger kids, but she hopes the community will help with gifts or gift cards for older kids, who usually get left behind.

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