"SHORTSTOP helped me to learn that there are consequences for my actions and that it's not worth it to break the law. I don't want to go to jail."
--SHORTSTOP Participant

"Interviewing the community volunteer was very interesting and important. She was very helpful and nice. I would love to talk to her again because I would like to go into the same profession in the future."
--SHORTSTOP Participant

"Kids make mistakes like all people do. When people are just experiencing a need to suddenly break out on their own and decide to make their own choices without advice, they often make choices that turn out to be not such good ideas and for many young kids that means getting caught doing something against the law. I believe that too often too many of these kids that get into trouble would have a far better chance to turn around and learn to make better choices if they were not thrown into a system that does not have much to offer in the way of compassion and understanding. All they can possibly learn from an experience like that is how to be a smarter criminal."
--SHORTSTOP Parent

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Our Mission

Since its inception in 1994, the Long Beach Bar Foundation has operated the highly successful SHORTSTOP Program, which diverts non-violent juvenile offenders ages 10-17 away from the juvenile justice system through law-related education for juveniles and their parents. The goals of SHORTSTOP are four-fold:

--To improve the lives of youth and guide them towards productive citizenship by providing law-related education, strengthening parenting skills, improving family communication and emphasizing the importance of education.

--To keep youth from becoming repeat offenders by holding them accountable for their behavior and providing them with information that will assist them in thinking about the consequences of their actions, thus leading them to make better choices, and

--To provide free family counseling for SHORTSTOP participants that will allow them to address family discord in a private setting with a therapist, thus creating a healthier family environment.

--To provide a group anger management program that teaches youth how to recognize feelings of anger and choose a path other than violence to express their frustrations, manage confrontations, and resolve conflicts.

According to a recent LA County Probation Governance Study in 2017, "Diverting youth from unnecessary contact and involvement with the front-end of the juvenile justice system should be probationís first objective, as diverting youth from negative associations and influences within the juvenile justice system has been shown to reduce system involvement and penetration. For youth who do enter the system, a therapeutic positive youth development (PYD) approach balanced by comprehensive and fully integrated treatment is an evidence-based practice."

This is where we come in. SHORTSTOP is one of the most effective Crime Diversion programs serving our area as work is in compliance with this Probation Governance Study. Each year, the SHORTSTOP Program serves well over 300 culturally and economically diverse young offenders and their parents, giving youth a second chance to move toward productive citizenship and STOP SHORT OF CRIME. The Long Beach Bar Foundation partners with the LA County Probation Department and many other law enforcement, educational and youth services agencies in a joint effort to make Long Beach and the Greater Los Angeles area a safer place in which to live, work, learn and play.

The Long Beach Bar Foundation would like to thank its sponsors for Casino Night 2017. They are: Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and his Mentoring Program, The Port of Long Beach, Complete Printing Solutions, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Cold Stone Creamery, Pacific Coast University, The Law Offices of Therese Accetta, Michael Eyre, The law Office of Marc Rothenberg and Anne Johnson. Thank You!

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