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 legal education for juveniles and their parents. The goals of SHORTSTOP are twofold:

  • To improve the lives of youth and guide them towards productive citizenship by providing legal 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.

SHORTSTOP was brought to Long Beach as a pilot project through the Long Beach Bar Association and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office in 1993, and is based on the highly successful, proven effective model developed by the Orange County Bar Foundation. The Long Beach Bar Foundation was created to administer SHORTSTOP and other programs to benefit Long Beach area youth in 1994. A small paid staff oversees and operates the program. 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 many law enforcement, educational and youth services agencies in a joint effort to make the greater Long Beach community a safer place in which to live, work, learn and play.

Attorneys who volunteer their time teach all SHORTSTOP classes. Other professionals in the community volunteer to be interviewed by SHORTSTOP youth as part of the homework assignments. These valuable volunteers are the heart of the SHORTSTOP Program, devoting over 1000 hours annually in order to make a difference in the lives of young people.

During their time in the program, SHORTSTOP participants visit the courthouse lock-up facility, get a dose of reality from young men of the Atlantic Recovery Program, engage in peer group discussions, practice communicating with their parents, complete intensive homework assignments and are held accountable for their behavior. Program statistics for the calendar year 2000 show that 97 percent of the young people who completed SHORTSTOP had not re-offended during the subsequent 12 months.

In addition to administering the SHORTSTOP Program, the Long Beach Bar Foundation partners with the Long Beach Bar Association to support the youth of the greater Long Beach community through a scholarship fund. Each year, more than $30,000 in scholarships is provided to deserving high school seniors to assist with their post secondary educations.

"SHORTSTOP is one of the most effective youth crime prevention and intervention programs offered in Long Beach."

    -- former Deputy Chief of Police Timothy Jackman


"It is important to make an effort, through programs such as SHORTSTOP, to salvage young people early on. Early deterrence is essential. It is good for the individual and it is good for society."

   -- Judge Richard F. Charvat (retired)



Ken McDonald

Vice President

Valerie de Martino


Jenn Cops


Anne Johnson


Board Members

Andrea Davalos

Marty Eisenberg

Michael Eyre

John H. Ing

Linda Guthman Krieger

Leonard Matsuk

Barbara McDaniel

Michael Munn

Marc Rothenberg

Felipe Vela

Susan E. Anderson Wise

Ex-Oficio Board Members

David Haberbush

Pamela Swindells


Board Members Emeritus

Dan McDonald

Frank Newell

Toby Rothschild


Honorary Board Member

Vern Schooley



Carolyn Bell, Executive Director

Patricia Bermudez, Prog. Coor

Jo-Ryan Salazar, Admin. Asst.

Annettee Mendez, Prog. Asst.

Gabriella Santoyo, Prog. Asst.

Maria Huerta, Prog. Asst./Office Asst.



Choyce Brown, MA

Cindy Chau, MFT

Sandy To, MFT

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