City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 120115
Community Invited to Student Safety Symposium with Youth and Parent Workshops
Jacqueline Medina
Long Beach Development Services

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, 2015, at 9:00 am at Alexander Hamilton Middle School, 1060 E. 70th Street, and is part of the City’s 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 2015, 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, please contact Teresa Gomez at 562.570.6730 or For more information on Safe Long Beach, visit

To RSVP to attend one or more of the Student Safety Symposium workshops, go to

To anonymously report suspected human trafficking, call 800.539.2373.