Long Beach Bar Foundation
Dear SHORTSTOP Friends & Supporters:
The Long Beach Bar Foundation (LBBF) needs your help in its continuing quest to educate first - time juvenile offenders through its juvenile crime diversion and intervention programs! A $500 gift helps one at risk youth stop short of crime and learn from past mistakes. The National Institute of Justice has found that deterring just one child from a life of crime saves society over $300,000 in crime related cost over a 10 year period.
Through its SHORTSTOP program, each year LBBF is able to help over 450 at risk youth. SHORTSTOP has an extremely successful track record. A Long Beach Police Department study concluded that 95% of the young people who completed the SHORTSTOP program did not re-offend during the subsequent 12 months. Recently, LBBF was featured in an article from the Long Beach Press-Telegram as part of their series "Inside Juvenile Justice". Here is an excerpt.
One boy who uses the moniker "Sneezy" wrote about how he sometimes felt he had an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. "I listened to the devil," he wrote. He also articulated his willingness to change, his belief that he had let down his mother and his hope that she wouldn't blame herself for his mistake. I'm sorry, mom, he wrote, "Can you forgive me Mom? After reading the boy's essay aloud Laskoff the attorney asked for the mother to identify herself. A woman in the back row raised her hand, but she needn't have. Everyone knew who she was by the tears welled in her eyes.
This testimony illustrates the tangible difference SHORTSTOP can make in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. As Judge Brad Andrews (Ret.) recently stated in the Press Telegram, "Any time you can take a kid and turn them around when they start down that path, it's good for everybody."
An important factor considered by many of the large foundations from which we seek grants is our record of receiving individual gifts from donors like you. With fewer public dollars being given to juvenile justice programs, it is imperative to continue receiving individual donations. Recently the Long Beach Community Foundation made a $25,000 grant to LBBF to allow us to start an art program as part of our juvenile crime diversion effort. Similarly, the California Community Foundation supported the development of a new strategic plan with a $25,000 grant this year. However, it is gifts from individuals like you, which make up the bulk of our revenue. The SHORTSTOP Program needs you to help fulfill the promise recognized by these prestigious foundations.
|Thank you to the following Foundations, Organizations
& Corporations for their
contributions of support to the Long Beach Bar Foundation lin 2012:
Van Nuys Charities
Josephine Gumbiner Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
Long Beach Grand Prix
EM Bauer Foundation
of Long Beach
Boeing Employees Community Fund
City of Long Beach
L.A. County Bar Foundation
Long Beach GRIP
A special thank you to the family of the Louis C. Mirabile Trust for their generous bequest to the SHORTSTOP Program