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Our Vision

We envision the greater Long Beach community becoming a better place to live because of our successful youth projects including the SHORTSTOP Program, and our annual scholarships. 

Our Mission

The Long Beach Bar Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the youth and families of the greater Long Beach community through our youth services, including the SHORTSTOP Juvenile Crime Diversion Program, Family Counseling Services, Law-Related Education and Scholarships. The Long Beach Bar Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 charitable organization and we welcome your support. 

The SHORTSTOP Youth Project
We've been helping our youth stop short of crime since 1994. Our team of community volunteers and instructors from across the legal community offer the SHORTSTOP Juvenile Crime Diversion Program, Individual and Family Counseling Sessions and the Juvenile Emotional Management Program to students in Long Beach, the South Bay, Catalina Island and the Greater Los Angeles area. Our aim is to enrich the lives of our young people by empowering them to become contributing members of an evolving society.

The Long Beach Bar Scholarship Program
A tradition of the Long Beach Bar since 1958, we are proud to award scholarships to high achieving, college-bound high school students from across Long Beach in order to make their financial burden more manageable. A group of students are selected each year for recognition, after a selection process culminating in the awarding of the scholarships at a dinner celebrating the students’ achievements. Donations from members and community partners make this annual event a possibility as part of their contribution to the education and future of Long Beach’s aspiring youth.  

"I learned that being disrespectful to an officer will get me locked up. I also learned that (crime) does not help me or my future because I may end up in prison or death row."
A Student
"I feel like the program is a good program, and that it can be very effective on people who are first-time offenders who haven't been arrested yet.
A Student
"I think SHORTSTOP is a good program. It teaches us kids to think before you speak and to think before you do. It also teaches us (to not do) negative things if you can't (suffer) the consequences."
A Student
"I liked that you are able to show my child how a real jail is. Also, that life has a lot of consequences when making bad decisions."
A Parent
"I think this program is helpful in finding out the root of the problem and giving us insight to what we did wrong and explaining it. I believe I have learned from this experience and it will help me in the future."
A Student
"It's a good program for anybody, any age, etc. It helps you become a better person in life in certain ways. I like the program a lot. You can become (somebody) after this program."
A Student
How You Can Get Involved
You can visit our online store to donate 
or visit our Volunteers Needed page to get involved with our mission.
Where Can You Find Us?

(562) 981-7525

Long Beach Bar Foundation
3515 Linden Ave., Ste. 52
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.