Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
CHILD ABUSE & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION COUNCIL
Since 1975
www.EndAbuseLB.org

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

June 12 Program Agenda

"Implementing the City of Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan"

Tracy Colunga, MSW, Safe Long Beach Coordinator for the City of Long Beach

Date:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Time:

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

Place:

Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB will provide 1 CEU to MFTs/LCSWs in attendance (free to EALB members, $10 for non-members).
Approval No. PCE 4131

Tracy Colunga

Tracy Colunga, MSW is currently the Safe Long Beach Coordinator for the City of Long Beach where she is spearheading the implementation of Safe Long Beach - the Citywide Violence Prevention Plan.  Prior to that, she served as the Program Coordinator for the City of Long Beach Weed and Seed Program.  She coordinated the U.S. Department of Justice funded Weed and Seed Strategy, which was a community-based, multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood restoration.  Under her direction, Central Long Beach experienced a 24% drop in violent crime through the Weed and Seed Strategy.
Ms. Colunga holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana; and a Masters Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA School of Public Affairs.   She has been recognized for her outstanding work over the years.  In 1996, she received the St. Catherine’s Medal bestowed upon students who represent the high ideals of community service and education.  She received the Harry A. Wasserman Award from the National Association of Social Workers in 2001 for her commitment to the field of social work.  She was awarded the Peacemaker Award in January 2009 from Long Beach City Councilman Dee Andrews.  In September 2009, the City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program recognized Ms. Colunga for her outstanding Human Relations work promoting community harmony in the city.
She works diligently to serve the community.  She serves on the Board of Directors with Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County.  In addition, she serves as a field instructor and lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
She was previously employed as the Director of Community Programs at Moneta Gardens Improvement, Inc., where she administered parent education and case management services. She has advocated for increased child care provisions and funding at the local, state and federal levels as a former single parent serving on the Board of Directors at Echo Park/Silverlake People’s Child Care.   She is a former aide to Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31), where she researched and compiled federal legislation related to poverty issues and health and human services.

Overview:
Safe Long Beach - the City's Violence Prevention Plan (Plan) was adopted by the Long Beach City Council on May 13, 2014. The Plan focuses on all forms of violence including family, school, and community. The Plan development included four community forums, 22 focus groups, a multilingual Violence Prevention Community Survey, data analysis, and development of a Community Resource Guide. Tracy Colunga will discuss the background, overview, and next steps of the Plan implementation. Further information can be found at www.lbvpp.com.

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Opinions expressed are those of the speaker and not necessarily those of the Council and its membership.
For information about End Abuse Long Beach, please visit www.EndAbuseLB.org or contact the Program Chair Paul Sharpe: Paul@EndAbuseLB.org