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Long Beach Soul Stories

@ VOL 10 ON JUN 04, 2018

On Sunday, May 20th, the Long Beach Soul Stories project curated an evening of live storytelling at the Long Beach Playhouse, where participants were given a platform to share their stories of resilience. The event was born out of a desire to cultivate human connection, inspire hope and build empathy in the community during one of the more polarizing times in U.S. history. It was also designed to provide a transformative experience for storytellers. The project provided seven individuals the opportunity for storytelling coaching by Ernesto Rocha, TEDx speaker and transformational coach, to craft their compelling narrative. The evening gave the storytellers a safe forum and allowed for information and emotions to be freely shared during the experience.

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Systems to Success

@ VOL 10 ON JUN 04, 2018

Held on Saturday, April 28th at Long Beach City College (LBCC), the project team members for Systems to Success held information sessions, workshops, presentations and a resource fair for previously incarcerated and/or probation and parole impacted LBCC students to gain valuable insight and skills necessary to enter the workforce. The day included breakout sessions dedicated to gaining practical job interview skills (with an emphasis on preparing attendees to answer questions about their past), professional appearance and dress for success, a working resume, and entrepreneurship. Held at the Pacific Coast campus, a welcome by LBCC President Reagan Romali and collaboration with the LBCC Justice Scholars, a campus organization chartered to assist this target population, signaled an ongoing support system for these students to utilize the college to reach their personal and professional goals with success.

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The Good Seed Project

@ VOL 10 ON JUN 04, 2018

On May 12th, the members of the project team created an Open House Welcome Reception for a nonprofit organization new to Long Beach, The Good Seed, a nonprofit that works with transitional age youth that are homeless providing supportive, nurturing and specialized care. The project team also worked to help improve the outdoor grounds area within the facility property through landscaping and general cleaning. As the facility was formerly a school, the project team facilitated equipment, supplies and service donations to assist in making the building more compatible to accommodate serving the clientele.

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STEMing For Youth

@ VOL 10 ON JUN 04, 2018

On May 1, the STEMing for Youth project team spent the school day at Cabrillo High School giving the students the opportunity to understand the real world application of STEM concepts from working professionals. Utilizing a variety of career professionals to make presentations and participate in Q&As, the project team spent time in during the day in classrooms Interested students, not just those that had classroom sessions with the projected, were invited and attended an afterschool STEM Career mixer. The project team were able to hold small group discussions with the students about business and career opportunities. The mixer enabled the students to ask questions directly to the professionals about education, career paths and workforce opportunities with STEM careers.

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Keeping the Dream Alive

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Joshua GarciaInspiredlbc presents “Keeping the Dream Alive”.
 A great story lined up that will involve past, present, future - and art, family, inspiration and motivation.

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A Journey to the Motherland (Cambodia)

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Vith Ing, Photojournalist

“A Journey to the Motherland”

A survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields, an athlete, a reporter with L.B. in Your City News, in a wheelchair and an all-around "bad ass" describes his journey to the motherland after escaping several years prior from the Cambodian Killing Fields.

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Just Because You’re An Artist in the Festival, Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Get Kicked Out of It: A True Story

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Katherine BingleyKatbing ART
“Just Because You’re An Artist in the Festival, Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Get Kicked Out of It: A True Story”
A tale of art, beer, mishaps and adventure; Kat Bingley relives her first experience as a large-scale installation artist.

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Attaining the Impossible

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Omar Hernandez, Front-End Developer
“Attaining the Impossible”
A presentation about motivation and follow through with an emphasis on his career and personal anecdotes.

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A Star Has Fallen

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Derald John Tucker II, Long Beach Native
"A Star Has Fallen"
Finding meaning in the cycles of the planet Venus.

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How to Leave Fear Behind on the Journey of Self-Discovery

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Jay-Ram Rajendra, Industrial Chemist
“How to Leave Fear Behind on the Journey of Self-Discovery”
As Bruce Lee once said, "All knowledge is self-knowledge." In our quest to understand ourselves, we tend to experience many emotions throughout our life, but none is as self-limiting as the feeling of fear. Join Jay-Ram in a moment of letting go of the illusion of fear so that we may discover our reality, and ultimately ourselves.

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The Mix

@ VOL 5 ON JUN 06, 2016

Adam Anderson and Sarah Soriano discuss their team's Leadership Long Beach service project, The Mix, which brought together North Long Beach leaders to connect with others and address community issues.

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Home Away From Home

@ VOL 5 ON JUN 06, 2016

Christine Petit discusses her team's Leadership Long Beach service project, Home Away From Home, which involved over two dozen city and community partners gathering at Washington Middle School for a neighborhood cleanup and resource fair.