THE SHORTSTOP PROGRAM Interview with Carolyn Bell
The Long Beach Bar Foundation (LBBF) was established in 1994 and has provided high quality social service programs for low-income, under-served, and at-risk youth and their parents for over 20 years. The mission and goal of LBBF is "to strengthen the youth of the greater Long Beach community through juvenile crime prevention, intervention, legal education, and scholarship programs." LBBF's core program is the Shortstop Juvenile Crime Diversion Program, or Shortstop. LBBF has operated the Shortstop program since the organization's inception. Shortstop's objective is to intervene in the lives of at-risk youth at a critical point in their lives when violence or crime have already led them to an encounter with the court system, but before they break the law as adults.
The SHORTSTOP program is an ongoing annual Program where first-time juvenile offenders between the ages 10-17 and their parents attend two intensive, highly interactive 3-hour sessions in the realistic setting of a Long Beach courtroom. Classes are taught by volunteer attorneys who are trained in the SHORTSTOP program model and by paid professional program staff. During session one, the focus is on the circumstances that brought the young person to the program. Parents/guardians are required to attend. Participants also hear from volunteers who have recently been released from juvenile hall, camps or the Juvenile Justice System.
At the end of session one, the
participants are given homework that must be completed when they
return in two weeks for session two. The assignments focus on
improving communication in the home, victim awareness and empathy.
During session two, instructors meet with the youth and their parents
to discuss the homework assignments. Near the end of session two,
parents and youth are reunited for a graduation ceremony that
highlights the positives in their family relationships and in the
juveniles themselves. The cost for the program is $125.00 for both
sessions. If the juvenile and their family are not able to pay the
full amount of the program cost, we can work with them on a payment
plan. A juvenile need not be from Long Beach to participate in the
The SHORTSTOP Program gives young offenders who successfully complete the program an opportunity to make amends for their offense and avoid a juvenile criminal record that can seriously impact their lives. Equally important, SHORTSTOP recognizes that delinquent behavior in many cases could be prevented if parents had the proper skills to address the frustration behind the delinquent behavior. Using best practices such as Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring and Reality Therapy, 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. Students who participate in this program will benefit from being given a second chance to avoid a juvenile record, learning the consequences of delinquent behavior, gain positive decision-making skills; improve their self-image, self-esteem and most importantly families will have the opportunity to build a stronger family unit.
Dream. Achieve. Elevate. SHORTSTOP not only Helps Youth Stop Short Of Crime, but gives youth the green light to achieve success in the classroom and in life. The Long Beach Bar Foundation administers the Long Beach Bar Association's Scholarship Fund that award scholarships to high achieving, college-bound high school students from across Long Beach in order to make their financial burdens more manageable. This is one of the many ways LBBF helps in giving back to our community. LBBA is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary in 2017 and has awarded scholarships for the past six decades. We want you to be a part of history. Consider making a donation to the LBBA Scholarship Fund now!We want to salute our sponsors: Evelyn M. Bauer Foundation, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust Company, Keesal Young & Logan, Skip Keesal, Windes, Vern & Trish Schooley, and Frank & Margie Newell. Learn More or Donate
JAM PROGRAM- SHORTSTOP and Operation Jumpstart collaborate!
The Juvenile Anger Management Program (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.
When offered together via 8-week
sessions, these two programs will be positioned to provide for
at-risk youth a more robust and rounded education in life management,
teaching them that they have the power to exert enough control
over their circumstances to change their lives for the
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