Media Advisory: Health Happens in Schools

October 4, 2012

A Forum for Youth and Parents on: Creating Positive School Environments, Parent Participation in Schools, and Academic Success

More than 150 parents and youth will gather at a community forum on Saturday, October 6, 2012 to dialogue with  local advocates and service providers about how to  reform school-related policies and practices so that they lead to positive outcomes for children in education and health. Those gathered will review data related to student achievement and school discipline, as well as promising solutions to improve schools, specifically in the Central / West Long Beach. The forum will also address how to effectively engage parents in Long Beach schools.

WHAT: Forum on Creating Positive School Environments, organized by The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative in Long Beach, in an effort to engage parents and youth in reforming and addressing the Achievement Gap, School Discipline Policies, and the School to Prison Pipeline

WHO: More than 150 parents, caregivers and allies from Long Beach-area schools
There will be student presenters and other Speakers include:
Juan M. Benitez, PhD, Center for Community Engagement at California State University, Long Beach
Rob Howard, California Conference for Equality and Justice
Dr. Elisa Nicholas, The Children’s Clinic
Taharka Anderson, California State University, Long Beach
Angelica Salazar, Children’s Defense Fund-California

WHEN:       October 6, 2012, 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:     Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus – Dyer Hall
1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90806

VISUALS:    Data and Best Practice Presentations, including student led break-out sessions, and testimonials on: the Achievement Gap, Approaches to School Discipline, and Parent Engagement

Sponsored by: Americorps, Building Healthy Communities-Long Beach, The California Conference for Equity and Justice, Californians for Justice, Campaign Centro CHA - Community Hispanic Association, The Children’s Clinic, Children’s Defense Fund- California, CPC - SPA 8 Neighborhood Action Council, DAYS, Dignities in Schools


Building Healthy Communities Is a 10-year, $1 billion program of The California Endowment. 14 communities across the state are taking action to make where they live healthier. The goal: to create places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Ultimately, we’re aiming at nothing less than a revolution in the way all of us think about and support health for all Californians.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign Los Angeles (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation's schools and advocates for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The DSC unites parents, youth, advocates and educators to support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal in our schools. Members include ACLU of Southern California, CADRE, Children’s Defense Fund-California, Labor Community Strategy Center, Public Counsel, and Youth Justice Coalition,