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Yesterday, in front of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, I joined 8 Downtown Pastors to announce an exciting new service partnership for our local youth. Pastors from eight downtown Churches have partnered together to offer free after-school programs to our local youth. Their group, the Long Beach Youth Alliance (LBYA), offers 13 free youth programs, ranging from youth boxing to tutoring to opera-writing.
In our conversations, we have talked about how many of our youth in Long Beach do not have safe places to hang out after school. And we have talked about the critical influence after-school programs can have in empowering students to realize their full potential. This is a great example of our faith communities and local volunteers coming together to help fill the gaps created by federal and state budget cuts. This initiative is inspiring and really shows Long Beach at our best.
I'm excited to help this important partnership reach out to new students and volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time or referring a student to this awesome new project. For each new volunteer who joins one of these programs, a few more students will get the opportunity to join a potentially transformative after-school program.
Special thanks to all the participating churches including Presbyterian, First Congregational, First Lutheran, Celebration Church, First Friends, Neighborhood Methodist, St. Luke's Episcopal, and Trinity Lutheran.
You can email the LBYA at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get involved in one of 13 youth programs.
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