Diverting Juveniles
The SHORTSTOP Program
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The Long Beach SHORTSTOP Juvenile Diversion Program diverts young men and women ages 10-17 away from the juvenile justice system through legal education for juveniles and their parents. 

Every year, we fulfill our overall goal to deliver a continuum of mentoring and counseling programs that enable at-risk youth to gain the self-management and life skills they need to create successful futures. Understanding that making lasting behavioral change is difficult or impossible for children if not adequately supported by the family, we also fulfill a goal of engaging parents with their children’s interventions and providing support and information for them so that the entire family can benefit not only from the youth’s new behaviors, but also from parents’ understanding of their children’s personal growth as they learn more about themselves through our programs.

In Patty's Own Words
"I am the Program Coordinator for the SHORTSTOP Juvenile Crime Diversion Program, as well as the Juvenile Emotional Management (JEM) Program Assistant. I have been a part of LBBF since 2007. That's more than a decade's worth of service! And I have met many families who have sung the praises of our wonderful Community Volunteers and Instructors who play a major role in our program's direction. It is a passion and a calling that has been one of the hallmarks of my career. We continue to make a difference in our community's young people and I hope you become a part of this as well!"

-Patricia Bermudez
Community Program Coordinator

We have a successful completion rate of 90 percent.
-Long Beach Bar Foundation

Over 80 percent of our kids have gone on to not reoffend. 

-Community Program

Local business and everyone in the community benefit from the crime diversion education provided by SHORTSTOP.  

-Community Program

"I came to the SHORTSTOP program because of my attitude and because I didn’t go to school. I have high anxiety, I get nervous around people. I have been bullied for many years. I don’t like public schools anymore because of my huge fear that it will happen to me again. I would always come home crying because of my experience at school. Here are some details on how they bullied me. They called me ugly, worthless, gay, stupid, and just many horrible things. My mom bought me two new white pairs of shoes and I was walking to get my lunch and they stepped on my shoes with mud on purpose. I just wanted to die right there, I was extremely hurt. Last year, I didn’t go to school for five months because of being bullied. In February, they put me in a class with five people. They were awesome people to be around.

In September of (2017), I was changed to a different school and I saw the bullies again. I just didn’t go anymore. My anger came home and I was just mad and sad. Then I came to the SHORTSTOP program.

I honestly loved it so much, sure they may have been people who didn’t like it but I did. The people there are really beautiful and full of life. I didn’t want to end because I don’t talk to many people. This affected me and my family a lot. We were pretty stressed. My mom was the most stressed. I was not even stressed at all and I don’t want to be in court or jail. I’m too nice and fun to be in jail. I won’t even hurt a fly.

I have learned from my actions tremendously. I want to thank the people that work there. You guys are amazing. I loved every staff worker that was there.

I will never forget you guys.

Thank you."

-A Proud And Recent SHORTSTOP Program Graduate

The Road To Completion
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 program. 

 
If you are interested in enrolling your youth in the SHORTSTOP Program, please contact the SHORTSTOP office using our information below and ask about enrolling.
Where Can You Find Us?
director@longbeachbarfoundation.org

(562) 981-7525

Long Beach Bar Foundation
3515 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
Our office is located in beautiful Bixby Knolls in Long Beach, Calif. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. and are closed on holidays. Our SHORTSTOP Juvenile Crime Diversion Program Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, 275 Magnolia Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802.