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December Program Agenda

The Council meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:00am at the
Alpert Jewish Community Center unless otherwise noted


Thursday, December 8, 2016


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
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End Abuse Long Beach's Annual Abuse Prevention Awards

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Jessica Alvarez

Parent and Community Advocate

Jessica Alvarez
In Recognition of:
  • Committed: Parent and Community Advocate
  • Developed: West Side Safe Passage Program
  • Founded: Padres on a Mission

Jessica Alvarez is a strong community advocate, wife, mother and PTA President on the Westside of Long Beach. She is the founder of Padres on a Mission and a graduate of the City of Long Beach Neighborhood Leadership Program. She works for Centro CHA running the West Long Beach “Santa Fe Corridor” Safe Passages and Safe Routes Initiative.

Jessica developed the West Side Safe Passage Program with parents, community residents, business owners, LBUSD, the City and Police Department as a response to the stabbing and death of Keshawn Brooks. Unfortunately, for many students in urban and economically depressed environments, the daily commute to and from school represents a risky undertaking riddled with potential violence and crime. The presence of high youth violence, crime, and lack of safety factors around schools has the potential to result in increased absenteeism as well as increased levels of stress among students, both of which contribute to decreased academic performance and future opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential.

Ellen Hartwick, LCSW

Mental Health Director, The LGBTQ Center Long Beach

Ellen Hartwick
In Recognition of:
  • Creator: Safe spaces for LBGTQ children and adults
  • Provider: Mental health services, advocacy and support for trauma survivors for 20 years
  • Contributor:
    • TransParent Families groups at The Center
    • The Guidebook for Educators on Transgender Students
    • Hybrid model of domestic violence and mental health assessment and treatment

Ellen Hartwick, MSW/LCSW has worked with children, youth and adults in mental health and trauma recovery settings for over 20 years in the greater Long Beach area and began her career expanding domestic violence services in under-served communities with Rainbow Services. She is currently Mental Health Director at The LGBTQ Center Long Beach, working to provide trauma-informed LGBTQ affirmative therapy to youth and adults and to provide training to community interns and therapists on LGBTQ affirmative therapy and social justice practice. Ellen was instrumental in collaborating with The Center’s Domestic Violence Services Program to develop an integrated screening, intake, and consultation protocol for mental health and domestic violence services. She co-authored the Educator’s Guide to Transgender Students, in partnership with LBUSD and consults with organizations to provide more LGBTQ+ inclusive and trauma-informed services.

Ellen previously served as the coordinator for the Domestic Violence Health Partnership, in collaboration with Su Casa and The Children’s Clinic, working to infuse trauma-informed protocols into screening and treatment to provide safer and kinder experiences for patients. At Community Family Guidance Center, Ellen oversaw an initiative to co-locate mental health clinicians working with children and adults in a domestic violence setting to promote trauma recovery. She has also provided training, clinical supervision, and therapy services for children and youth at For the Child and The Guidance Center.

Ellen is most passionate about increasing trauma-informed LGBTQ+ practices in community medical, social service, mental health, and school settings. She provides gender affirmative therapy for early childhood and school aged children in private practice. She is a proud alumna of CSULB Masters in Social Work program and taught macro practice social work in this program. As a parent, Ellen has volunteered in LBUSD schools to promote social and emotional wellness in classrooms, mentoring teachers and students to use mindfulness in classroom settings.

Virginia Zart

President, Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB)

Virginia Zart
In Recognition of:
  • Founding member: Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Content advisor: State legislation for human trafficking and violence prevention
  • Content advisor: Local protocol supporting law enforcement and victim needs
  • Organizer: Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event
  • Contributor: Hybrid model of domestic violence and mental health assessment and treatment

Virginia Zart is the current president of the Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB), a founding and active core team member of the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force (LBHTTF), vice-chair for the Long Beach Police Department’s Women’s Advisory Group (WAG) and a graduate of the Leadership Long Beach Institute. Virginia recently started a position at the Long Beach Police Department in the Deputy Chief of Investigations Bureau to coordinate efforts with the City of Long Beach’s violence prevention plan, Safe Long Beach. More than four years ago, Virginia left her financial services career to find work in her community helping others and making Long Beach a safer and healthier place for children and families. She spends time with community outreach, advocating for women and children, and fighting human trafficking.

Virginia volunteers in various ways through Junior League, an organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community. In her leadership roles, she organized fundraisers, served as treasurer, and worked on public policy issues. In addition, she participates in various projects that focus on the welfare of children. Her two favorite projects are Kids in the Kitchen, focused on healthy foods and exercise, and Especially Me, a workshop for pre-teen girls to learn self-esteem.

While working on advocacy through state legislation, Virginia learned more about human rights violations and human trafficking. She researched and gathered information, specifically on human trafficking, that led to the submission of three pieces of legislation. This work also led to partnerships in the Long Beach community to fight human trafficking, forming the LBHTTF. The Task Force collaborates to establish protocol, support law enforcement, assist with victim needs and educate the community. Her work with human trafficking brought her to the LBPD’s Women’s Advisory Group, where she works with various organizations and law enforcement to address women’s issues in the community. Along with her fellow members, they focus on issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Virginia has been involved in WAG’s awareness campaigns, including Break the Silence and Denim Day.

Virginia grew up in Savannah, GA, where she learned the importance of giving to others from her mother. Her education at an all women’s college, Hollins, taught her women play an instrumental role in society and how to work together to make change. Virginia has a Masters in Business Administration from Fordham University. A college internship at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children planted a seed for the work she would later take on in Long Beach.

Virginia is married to a very supportive spouse, Nicolas Zart. She enjoys yoga, vegetable gardening, cooking, traveling and has interest in nutrition and the environment

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