August 26, 2008

Program Gives L.B. 34 More Civic Leaders

By From staff reports

LONG BEACH - Residents from neighborhoods throughout Long Beach have completed the five-month Neighborhood Leadership Program.

The 34 members of the Class of 2008 learned the skills, knowledge and resources needed to become more effective community advocates.

The graduates have and will continue to revitalize neighborhoods and serve as leaders in improving the Long Beach community, said Margaret Madden of the Neighborhood Services Bureau.

The graduates implemented four team projects along the Long Beach Boulevard corridor in North Long Beach. The teams utilized up to $1,000 each in grant funding provided by the Redevelopment Agency and North Long Beach Project Area Committee.

The teams leveraged an additional $32,000 in community resources. The Neighborhood Leadership Program is offered by the Neighborhood Services Bureau of the city's Department of Community Development.

Veronica Lynn Ah-Mann, William John Boucher, Michael Bush, Candy Cruz, Precious Ducann, Rachael Freeman, Edgar Ortega Garcia and Marlene Garcia.

Mary Haynes, Stacey Howard, Louise Kripal, Nathaniel Lewis, Travis Miller, Rogelio Jimenez Miranda, Maurice Nichols II, Melinda O'Hara, Eric Pieper, Mario Pimentel Jr. and Dan Pressburg.

Audrena Redmond, Elia Margarita Pineda, Silvano Ponce, Roland Reed, Caprice Rothe, Sarun Sok, Steven Stein, Joseph Francis Summers, Yoklim Tauch, Sath Um, Charles Wade Jr., Diane West, Barbara Sue Williams, Deloris "Dee" Williams and Anna E. Wooten.

Their projects include:

Class of 2008

Team 4 Safety: Improving pedestrian safety through promoting the use of crosswalks in front of Colin Powell Academy for Success. This group designed and printed three banners in English and Spanish and held a Pedestrian Safety Education Program presentation in collaboration with Powell's Parent Teacher Organization.

Team Liderazgo: Neighborhood youth were invited to paint a "Welcome to Long Beach" mural canvas during the Henry Longfellow Elementary School carnival. Local artist Alekz Rivera designed the mural. The mural will be displayed at various empty storefront windows along Long Beach Boulevard corridor in order to enhance the appearance of the community.

Team Health (also known trilingually as Neighbor Thrive/ Sokhomaapheap/

Prospere Through Health): Created two 4-foot-by-8-foot murals depicting healthy living through positive nutrition and exercise choices.

The murals will be available for display through the to Colin Powell Academy of Success and the Redevelopment Agency to fill empty storefront windows in the North Redevelopment Project Area.

Team Hermoso: Tree planting project to enhance the appearance of Coolidge Triangle community. This team partnered with Coolidge Triangle Association to plant 21 Chinese Flame trees.

Nationally recognized

The Neighborhood Leadership Program is partially funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant and is free to participants.

The Neighborhood Leadership Program is a nationally recognized, multilingual, multicultural program. The city of Long Beach's Neighborhood Services Bureau has offered the program since 1992.

Recruitment for the Class of 2009 is under way. For information, call 562-570-

1010 or e-mail Francisco_

[email protected]

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