ESM Rally for School Discipline Resolution

LBUSD Votes to Improve Discipline and Keep Kids In School

A Victory for the Every Student Matters Campaign!

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the Long Beach Unified School District passed a resolution to promote positive alternatives to exclusionary school discipline by a unanimous vote.  The resolution urges LBUSD schools to provide alternatives to suspensions and expulsions by expanding Restorative Justice programs that support all students in becoming healthy, thriving adults.

“Restorative Justice allows a student to see the larger picture of his/her defiance,” said Barbara Lindholm, Principal at Reid High School. “We aren’t interested in ‘punishment.’ Rather, we want to inculcate the values of empathy, orderliness, and manners in students – lifelong lessons which they will use in future arenas.”  A student from Poly High School and a leader from Khmer Girls in Action, Malachy Keo, echoed Principal Lindholm adding, “I’ve had disagreements with teachers before.  Restorative Justice practices would have helped me and my teachers see each other’s point of view and build better relationships.”

As the majority of students in Los Angeles County, young people of color have a vital role to play in making our neighborhoods safer, our economy stronger and steering our city and state towards success. Yet low income and young men of color have the lowest life expectancy rates, highest unemployment rates, fewest high school and college graduates and most murder victims of any demographic group in the county. This reality starts in school policies that unfairly target students of color for suspensions which ultimately lead to truancy and drop-outs.

“This vote is an important first step in our effort to ensure that every student has an opportunity to thrive,” said Kafi D. Blumenfield, President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation.  “Passage of this resolution signals that Long Beach truly wants all students to lead healthy, successful lives.”

Long Beach Schools Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser put forth the resolution which promotes disciplinary policies that are equitable, fair, focus on prevention, and provide an opportunity for students to learn from their mistakes. “I applauded the Superintendent and School Board for taking the right step forward,” said Delisa King, a parent of LBUSD high school students.  “I hope the district will work with our community of parents, students and advocates on implementing school discipline reforms.”

“Long Beach Unified has always been about change and improvement and this has been a part of everything we do,” said Citlali Hernandez, Senior at Wilson High School and a student leader at Californians for Justice.  “This resolution is no exception.  I look forward to working with the District to make sure that every student feels that they matter.”

About the Every Student Matters Campaign
Every Student Matters (ESM) is the first student-led policy advocacy campaign organized by the Building Healthy Communities Youth Committee. We seek to foster school discipline practices that address the root causes of behavioral issues, restore justice, and put students on a path to success.  Every Student Matters is a campaign of the Brothers Sons Selves initiative at Liberty Hill Foundation. Brothers Sons Selves is a coalition of L.A. County community organizations working towards a common agenda to improve the lives of young men and was created in partnership with The California Endowment.

Apply today for KGA’s Young Women’s & Young Men’s Empowerment Programs!

Welcome back to school everyone! Khmer Girls in Action is gearing up for another exciting year of organizing and community building, and we are now accepting applications for our Young Women’s Empowerment Program (YWEP) and Young Men’s Empowerment Program (YMEP).

Our Young Women’s Empowerment Program (YWEP) and Young Men’s Empowerment Program (YMEP) are safe spaces to:
*Be yourself
*Meet new people and build sisterhood/brotherhood
*Express yourself through art
*Go on field trips
*Have fun
*Get academic & personal support
*Earn community service hours
*Learn about your community, create positive change, and fight for social justice!

KGA will host an Open House event on September 11th, 2013 from 4pm-7pm at the KGA office. The Open House event will be an opportunity for prospective members to learn more about KGA, meet current staff and members and have fun.

Young Women’s Empowerment Program (YWEP Application)
Young Men’s Empowerment Program Application (YMEP Application)

Young Women's Empowerment ProgramRequirements for the Young Women’s Program:
*Must be a freshmen or sophomore in high school
*Must live in and around the Cambodia Town area
*Must be committed for the 2013-2014 program year
*Applications are due on September 13th, 2013

Young Men's Empowerment ProgramRequirements for the Young Men’s Program:
*Must be 14-24 years old
*Must be committed for the 2013-2014 program year
*Applications are due September 13th, 2013

For more information please contact:
Justine Calma | Seng So
1355 Redondo Avenue Suite #9
Long Beach, Ca 90804
562.986.9415
www.kgalb.org
justine@kgalb.org
seng@kgalb.org

KGA Presents our 9th Annual Yellow Lounge: Like a Lotus, We Rise

KGA Presents our 9th Annual Yellow Lounge: Like a Lotus, We Rise

Join us on Saturday, August 3rd, as we celebrate the lives, struggles, successes and resiliency of our community at KGA’s 9th annual Yellow Lounge showcase! The theme of this year’s Yellow Lounge is “Like a Lotus, We Rise,” a theme rooted in Khmer history and culture. The lotus flower grows in muddy water, planting its seed at the bottom of the pond.  Its vine must grow, rising above the murky water until its flower can bloom in the sunlight.  For Khmer Girls in Action, the lotus flower symbolizes our community’s strength and resilience. Through  art, music, dance, poetry, and theater youth will share their stories and experiences living in Long Beach.

KGA will also launch our new look at Yellow Lounge! We will reveal a new logo, along with an updated brochure and website!

Yellow Lounge is a free community event with raffle prizes and food!

KGA’s 9th Annual Yellow Lounge: Like a Lotus, We Rise
Saturday, August 3rd
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Doors Open at 3pm, Show Starts at 4:30pm
Long Beach School for Adults  Auditorium
3701 E Willow St  Long Beach, CA 90815#LotusRisingYL
RSVP on Facebook!  

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KGA's 9th Annual Yellow Lounge: Like a Lotus, We Rise

KGA’s 9th Annual Yellow Lounge: Like a Lotus, We Rise