City of Long Beach Seeks Community Partners to Expand Safe Passage Program
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Long Beach, CA ~ The City of Long Beach is looking to partner with three qualified organizations to expand its existing Safe Passage Program and increase the safety of youth walking to and from school in North, West and Central Long Beach.

The Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has conducted research on the potential for Safe Passage programming at local area school sites as part of its violence prevention initiative, Long Beach Advancing Peace, and has determined that schools located in North, West and Central Long Beach would benefit most from this additional safety resource. The selected partners will enable the expansion of the Safe Passage Program, currently operating at Washington Middle School in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, to promote safety, increase community social connectedness and encourage student attendance.

The Long Beach Safe Passage Public Health Model has four key components: securing community partners to coordinate program site partnership; identifying, training and recognizing program volunteers and community interventionists (peacekeepers); linking students with after-school activities to ensure their well-being; and identifying, collecting and analyzing program data to determine program effectiveness. The model's outcomes are to increase safe passage to and from school for students; reduce the involvement of at-risk youth in gangs; increase perceptions of safety for youth and community members; and develop a violence and pedestrian injury prevention model through an intradepartmental City and community collaboration.

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To support this effort, the City has launched The Safe Passage Program Request for Proposals (RFP). Eligible organizations need to be a non-governmental organization or certified non-profit organization in business for a minimum of three years. The organization must have at least three years of experience within the last 10 years implementing street outreach and safe passage programs in the selected communities and parks as stated in the RFP. Organizations can submit proposals through the City's vendor portal, Long Beach Buys, by 11 a.m. on June 21st 2023. An instructional video about the registration process is also available on the Long Beach Buys website.

This program is made possible by the Long Beach Recovery Act which funds economic initiatives for those impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. More information about this act can be found on For media inquiries contact Jennifer Rice Epstein from Public Affairs Officer at 562 441 3590 or

The City of Long Beach is taking steps towards increasing safety among its youth population by expanding its existing Safe Passage Program into North, West, Central Long Beach areas with help from three qualified organizations that will be chosen through a Request For Proposal (RFP). This initiative is part of their violence prevention initiative called 'Long Beach Advancing Peace' which aims to reduce gang involvement among at-risk youth while increasing perceptions of safety among both youths as well as community members alike.

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The four key components that make up this public health model are securing community partners; identifying volunteers; linking students with after-school activities; collecting data related to program effectiveness while also aiming towards increasing safe passage between schools as well as developing a violence prevention model through collaboration between city departments as well as communities involved in this project.

Organizations eligible for this RFP must have been operational for at least three years while also having experience within last ten years related to street outreach programs within these communities or parks mentioned in RFP documentations which can be found on longbeachbuys website along with an instructional video regarding registration process related to it too . This project is made possible due to funding provided by 'Long beach Recovery Act' which provides economic aid towards those affected by COVID 19 pandemic . For media inquiries contact Jennifer Rice Epstein from Public Affairs Officer at 562 441 3590 or Jennifer RiceEpstein@longbeachgov .

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