"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.

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 also provides two other programs: the Juvenile Anger Management Program and the Counseling Program. They can be used in supplement with SHORTSTOP or standalone. JAM is specifically designed to teach at-risk and underserved youth how to recognize anger and express it appropriately, therefore eliminating a root cause of youth violence. By teaching anger management skills to youth, JAM is positioned to prevent youth violence rather than responding to it, to empower youth to model non-violent means of self-expression for siblings and peers, and to ultimately grow into peaceful leaders of their own families and communities. Using best practices such as Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring and Reality Therapy, our LBBF team of counselors are dedicated to helping young people develop positive relationships, enhance their level of confidence, build self-esteem and better control and manage their behavior. By offering free family counseling services, SHORTSTOP can help those families that need better coping skills and help to create a healthier family environment. The counseling sessions take place at the Long Beach Bar Foundation Office.

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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