Excel And Be Well
The JEM Program
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 Formerly known as Juvenile Anger Management (JAM), JEM, or Juvenile Emotional Management, 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. Our program has formed and expanded a significant new referral partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District, which enables us to reach more youths exhibiting at-risk behaviors before they are cited for breaking the law.   A total of three 8-week JEM programs are conducted annually. Each weekly session is two hours long. The last thirty minutes of each session is yoga training, which provides hands-on relaxation to end the evening and teaches youth how to incorporate their own mindfulness practice at home. Concurrent (optional) weekly sessions for parents are held while youths are in their program sessions.
Commitment Counts.
By teaching anger management skills to youth at this critical juncture in their lives, JEM is positioned to end and prevent violence, rather than respond to it. Furthermore, a Why Try program component teaches youth how to build and maintain resiliency in the face of obstacles such as poverty, difficult family situations, learning disabilities, etc.
Most parents choose to attend these voluntary sessions, during which they learn more about their children’s program experience and about ways to support positive behaviors. 
As this is an 8-week program, it requires a significant emotional and time commitment from both youths and their parents. Especially because JAM is our youngest program, we are proud that it is gaining a strong reputation in the community.  
In Maria's Own Words
"My name is Maria Huerta, the Juvenile Emotional Management (JEM) Program Coordinator. I have the esteemed privilege of helping youth and their parents find ways to transform their anger into positive energy that can motivate them to succeed and to help eliminate the root cause of violence. In our program, we have three components: Parenting, Group Anger Management and an Academic Component that helps foster resiliency in the face of adversity. It's yielded great results and I hope all youth and parents in our community give the JEM Program a try!"

-Maria Huerta
JEM Program Coordinator

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.