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Boyle Heights LGBTQ Forum 
April 6th, 2013
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Boyle Heights forum opens dialogue on issues surrounding LGBTQ youth!

You can read Boyle Heights Beat's coverage of the LGBTQ Forum written by intern Freddy Monares

Hosted by the Latino Equality Alliance in collaboration with The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Boyle Heights, the event included speakers, a resource fair, entertainment and workshops for service providers, families and individuals...

White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan was a guest speaker at the Boyle Heights LGBT Forum. Photo by Freddy Monares

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 Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Inc.

Through a generous grant from the Comcast Foundation and in partnership with the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the California State University, Sacramento-Center for California Studies, the University of California Center at Sacramento, the University of Southern California and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the CLYLP is sponsoring a four-week fellowship program for six (6) CLYLP summer conference alumni who have completed at least their first-year of college/university studies. The Comcast Fellowship program will take place Wednesday, June 26 - July 27, 2013.
While in the fellowship program, participants will follow a curriculum that builds on the one-week summer leadership program training that includes:
Placement in a legislative office as an intern in a role allowing for first-hand experience in the state legislative and budget process
An academically designed curriculum focused on the inner workings of California government as well as current and future statewide policy issues
Opportunities for close interaction and discussions with leading state policy makers
Intensive training around “issues-based organizing” and the factors/strategies influencing policy makers; and
Volunteerism in a leadership capacity during non-work hours through placement with one of the CLYLP summer conference planning committees.
What the Fellowship Offers
Stipend.  Fellows will each receive a stipend of $3,000 for the four-week period; these funds will be provided in four (4) installments as part of successful completion of components of the program.
Work Placement.  Each fellow will be placed in a legislative office in Sacramento for four (4) weeks and will be assigned a several mentors to support their work and will be assigned a mentor to support their work.
Housing & Transportation Arrangements.  The fellows will be provided housing and will have access to public transportation in order to complete their assigned internship at the State Capitol, volunteer at the CLYLP office, and attend academic course sessions in downtown Sacramento.
Interactions with State Leaders.  Through CLYLP partners, fellows will have the opportunity to engage key leaders in various sectors of California’s life and culture.  Site visits and informal gatherings will be provided through the month-long program designed to build community and expand the fellows’ leadership and support network.
Leadership Development & Training.  The fellows will receive exposure to a leadership curriculum that includes a focus on the inner workings of California government, the factors influencing policy makers and current and future policy issues facing California taught by academic faculty and leaders within the state.  In addition, the fellows will serve in key leadership roles in the final planning and execution of the CLYLP Summer Leadership Conference.
Qualifications to Apply
Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
1. Completed the CLYLP Summer Leadership Conference Program, the CLYLP San Joaquin Valley Institute or the CLYLP Los Angeles Institute.
2. Demonstrated leadership in their community since participating in the CLYLP Summer Leadership Conference, the CLYLP Los Angeles Institute or the CLYLP San Joaquin Valley Institute.
3. Completed at least their first year in college and be returning to their studies as a full-time undergraduate at an accredited college or university.
4. Committed to being in Sacramento during the month-long fellowship period and fulfill all the requirements of the program. Weekend travel is strongly discouraged and will only be considered prior to the start of the program on a case-by-case basis.
Application Deadline: Received by Friday, May 3, 2013

Click Here for Application

Hollenbeck Middle School in partnership with Alliance for a Better Community, LA Conservation Corp, and other community partners and Building Healthy Communities (Boyle Heights) are celebrating their collaboration to develop a community garden honoring the school’s 100th Centennial.  Through the BHC Small Grant the school received, it will support the development of a garden for the students and parents of the campus to learn and grow vegetables/fruits.
We are excited to invite you to join us in celebrating Hollenbeck Middle School’s 100th year anniversary! Hollenbeck Middle School has been an essential part of Los Angeles Unified School District in the community, rich with history and cultural diversity. On Saturday, April 13, 2013. From 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, we plan to have a full block party to celebrate its centennial, while also serving to promote organizations and businesses in the community, we anticipate more than 3500 people attending this event. We plan to invite current students, their families, past alumni, and Boyle Heights residents to attend this celebration.

Hollenbeck Middle School, the home of the "Mighty Junior Riders" is located in Boyle Heights, CA. It currently serves grades 6th to 8th grade (1400 students). HMS has been serving the community since 1913. It was first named Boyle Heights Intermediate from 1913-1923; then named Hollenbeck Jr High School from 1923-1993; and now named Hollenbeck Middle School from 1993 to present.

Every Student Matters

Last week the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA’s Youth Institute and Youth and Government Program helped support Long Beach’s Every Student Matters Campaign through the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition. The event was a huge collaborative success with an amazing youth turnout filled with activities, panels, music, and good vibes. In order to replicate this success, the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition (BSS) would like your participation in the Every Student Matters Los Angeles Campaign Launch regarding the diverse and burgeoning efforts to reform school discipline policies and practices.
The BSS coalition is made up of eight organizations from across LA County working to improve the life outcomes of boys and young men of color both locally and statewide.  Our local effort is focused on reforming current school discipline policies and practices that disproportionately impact students of color.  We have strong participation and leadership coming directly from high school young men of color from South Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and Long Beach; young men working collaboratively to drive a campaign that can build upon various efforts to address the root causes of school discipline issues that are pushing them and their peers out of school.
As part of this campaign, we are hosting a public launch event and would love for you to attend to assist us in moving our work forward. 

End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails (C2ESV)


The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails (C2ESV) has launched a
petition and needs your signature to end the sanctioned and hidden brutality
occurring throughout Los Angele jails at the hands of deputies. In the last year,
the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has been under a seething spotlight for
the exposed pattern of abuse of incarcerated people. The LASD is the largest
Sheriff’s department in the world, running the largest jail system in the country,
which houses over 18,000 people behind its walls on any given day. The deeply
rooted culture of abuse and violence against incarcerated peoples by LASD is not
recent, but goes back many years with various episodes of exposure. The Coalition
believes that this longstanding pattern of abuse and failed—sometimes complicit—
management has been allowed to continue because there has been no independent
oversight of the LASD. The attached petition is calling for an Independent Civilian
Review Board with legal authority to affect policies and practices of the LASD. You
can help us in two steps:

1. Watch the video below! It explains the current conditions in L.A. jails as
well as why there is a need for Independent Civilian oversight of the LASD’s
jail operations

Video Link

2. Sign the Petition at our Website! You can either click the banner at the
bottom of the youtube video our go to The
petition can be signed in a few steps, one of which will ask you to send the
petition to friends, family, and community members. Simply copy and paste
their email in the fields and the petition will be sent to them automatically.

Thank You for your support.



BHC Events

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April 11
Workgroup A mtg.
Health Systems
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hub Office
2813 Whittier Blvd.

April 15
Workgroup C mtg.
Youth, Schools, and Neighborhoods
5:00pm - 7:00pm
InnerCity Struggle
124 N. Townsend Ave.

April 16
Workgroup B mtg.
Community Development
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Legacy LA
1350 San Pablo St.

April 23
Food Justice Convening
9:00am - 12:30pm
InnerCity Struggle
124 N. Townsend Ave.

May 6
BHC Advance mtg.
9:00am - 2:00pm
La Plaza de Culturas y Artes
501 N. Main St.

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