The Aquarium Scholarship Fund addresses the needs of children from underprivileged neighborhoods who lack access to cultural and scientific learning resources. With support from The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation, the Aquarium offers complimentary field trips to Long Beach Unified School District third grade students to participate in engaging, California science standards-aligned classroom and auditorium educational lessons,

and explore our exhibits and touch tanks. In addition to the programming, pre- and post-visit materials and guides are provided to the teachers and chaperones in order to maximize the impacts and reinforce lessons. Students are transformed into science explorers during their time at the Aquarium’s galleries, touch tanks, and classroom spaces. Teachers often write about their student’s experiences:

“Thank you so much for the scholarship to visit your beautiful Aquarium! It was a first visit for many children and I know they will remember the experience for years to come. My class loved making real life connections to the life science lessons learned in school. Thank you!”

The Assistance League of Long Beach has two important programs: The Orthodontic Program provides quality, low cost orthodontic treatment for children from families with limited financial resources and serves approximately 1,000 children a year.

Operation School Bell® provides new school uniforms to Long Beach

Unified School District students whose families cannot afford new school clothes and serves approximately 10,000 K–12 students. The program is committed to the vision that no child should fail to attend or perform in school due to the lack of adequate clothing. Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District, says:

“ALLB is one of our longtime major partners, and plays a critical role in helping us to achieve our mission and provides new school uniforms to our students in need. These uniforms help to prepare our students to be dressed for scholastic success and promote a safe educational environment. Thank you ALLB for collaborating with LBUSD and for the tremendous difference you make for our students and families in need.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, comprised of 14 distinct facilities across the city, has been helping underprivileged youth reach their full personal and academic potential since 1939. Community activists Maurice Bugbee and Carlton Wallace, launched the club – originally founded as the Boys Club of Long Beach – in an effort to keep young boys out of trouble and off the streets by giving them access to activities and programs that assisted them in becoming responsible, contributing members of

the community. In 1991, the Boys Club of Long Beach expanded its reach to include underserved girls in addition to boys. One of the oldest, most successful youth organizations in the area, the BGCLB has served more than 220,000 youth, ages 6-18 in its 76-year history.

“Before I discovered the Boys & Girls Club, I was a child who lacked confidence and I felt like I did not fit in. I was a victim of bullying inside and

outside my home, nowhere felt safe. When I found the Clubs, they helped guide me through the obstacles in my life. The Clubs has been a refuge for me. The Clubs have provided me with the tools that I am able to utilize today and in the future. To me the BGC (Boys & Girls Clubs) abbreviation stands for a place that Builds, Guides and Conquers.”
-Kobe James

Gracin Kerry is unlike any other 12 year old. Her spunk and tenacity are infectious. After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at just one year old, the Kerry family was catapulted into a world of surgery, chemo therapy, radiation treatments for 10 months of their daughter’s young life. It was one of the most trying moments in Gracin and the Kerry family’s life.

Gracin Kerry is unlike any other 12 year old. Her spunk and tenacity are infectious. After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at just one year old, the Kerry family was catapulted into a world of surgery, chemo therapy, radiation treatments for 10 months of their daughter’s young life. It was one of the most trying moments in Gracin and the Kerry family’s life.

Now 12 years old and in remission, Gracin, her twin brother Ryan, and brother Sean are now attending Summer Camp. The Kerry’s remain connected to Camp not only because of the support it has provided them, but to be an example to other families that they too will overcome such a difficult disease and can remain united as a family.

Casa Youth Shelter (CYS) was founded in 1978 by the late Myldred E. Jones who, at the age of 69, wanted to provide a safe place for runaways and abandoned youth living on the streets. Myldred had already distinguished herself as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, retiring from the military in 1959. As a civilian, she worked with then California Governor Ronald Reagan, conducting a study of issues affecting youth. In her official capacity with the state, Myldred created the first statewide hotline for youth in crisis, which later became the model for a national hotline.

Did you know that there are more homeless students in California schools than in any other state in the U.S.? For every homeless youth in the rest

of the country there are two in California. These are good kids with beautiful, simple dreams.

When Alicia was young and her parents were still married, her father was physically abusive. Her childhood was punctuated by beatings from this man who knew she was too small to fight back. Alicia dreamed of a peaceful home where she didn’t feel threatened, but even when that dream started to become reality she didn’t know how to live it.

So many years of pent up anger let loose and Alicia became the fighter instead of the beaten, lashing out at her mother after her parents divorced. Alicia had a new step-father who was kind and good – the type of father Alicia had always dreamed about. But her anger got in the

way and her relationship with her entire family suffered.

When Alicia was young and her parents were still married, her father was physically abusive. Her childhood was punctuated by beatings from this man who knew she was too small to fight back. Alicia dreamed of a peaceful home where she didn’t feel threatened, but even when that dream started to become reality she didn’t know how to live it.
So many years of pent up anger let loose and Alicia became the fighter instead of the beaten, lashing out at her mother after her parents divorced. Alicia had a new step-father who was kind and good – the type of father Alicia had always dreamed about. But her anger got in the way and her relationship with her entire family suffered.

The Children’s Dental Health Clinic is a non-profit organization serving children and young adults, ages 0-21, in the Greater Long Beach and South Bay areas who are economically disadvantaged or have issues in access to care. We are dedicated to providing quality basic and specialty dental treatment, as well as preventive services.

Stephanie, like many patients born with Cleft Palate, are seen from birth and receive ongoing treatment with restoration needs throughout childhood into adulthood.

Recently, our Multi-Specialty Dental team were finally able to restore her full smile and we were faced with a moment that our Team, and Stephanie, will always remember. She held the mirror to her face, staring at the restoration we were able to give her, and she began to cry. Our team’s first thought, was that “Oh no, she hates it!” But we soon realized that Stephanie’s reaction was so strong, because in all her years growing up with a Cleft Palate, she had never before even imagined that her face could have such a beautiful smile. We have been caring for Stephanie, now in

college, for over 15 years. She’s received integrated Multi-Specialty dental care including Orthodontics, Oral Surgery and treatment in the Operating Room of the Miller Children’s Hospital served by the specialized Cleft Palate Team. For so many years, Stephanie smiled with her hand over her mouth to conceal her congenital defect, where 6 of her front teeth (canine to canine) had been missing. But today, Stephanie’s smile beams with health and confidence.

Our Mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste, while improving nutrition in food insecure communities. We are committed to serving our donors, volunteers and recipient agencies with integrity, resourcefulness and respect. We strive to contribute positively to our communities and the environment on a daily basis.

Jenny Acosta, Vice principal of Grant Elementary School tells her story:

“Two years ago one of our single dads found himself raising five kids that he had not seen for approximately five years. The Dad himself was struggling financially and now suddenly with five kids to feed didn’t know

where and how to start. We found out about his story through his youngest child’s teacher and we reached out to him to explain how we would be able to help. We also told him about Food Finders and how through the support and generosity of Team 100 the school was able to provide a grocery bag every Friday for families who needed a bit more support. He was a little hesitant to receive the help, but graciously accepted. Mid way last year, the Dad was faced with yet another hardship (doctor’s found a tumor) and was no longer

able to work. His oldest daughter (a high school senior) took charge of the household until dad was fully recovered. Not too long ago, the Dad came in to our office with a huge smile. He explained that he now had a stable job (no longer had to work day and night shifts) and with much pride told us he no longer needed the support that Food Finders was providing him and his family. He wanted to let us know how grateful he was for the help he received each Friday and now wanted us to give his grocery bag to someone else in need!”

When Mina came to Inspirica she was nine years old and unable to read, write, or solve simple math problems. Inspirica staff would attempt to work with her, but she would put her head on her desk, cry, and say, “I can’t do it! I’m stupid!” She was a very frustrated young lady who wanted to learn.

To help Mina attain academic and personal confidence, Inspirica’s Children’s Services

Department worked closely with Child Guidance Centers (CGC), Stamford Public Schools, and Mina’s mother to secure on-going psychological support and a PPT and subsequent IEP from Stamford Public Schools. Each day she also attended Inspirica’s After School Program where she received critical support from Special Education teachers from her district school, Inspirica’s in-house certified teacher and an

army of volunteers.

Today, Mina can read with fluency and solve math problems that vexed her a year ago. The continuum of care afforded to Mina through Inspirica has allowed her to continue to progress with seamless support between school and after-school programs; she is also approaching grade-level proficiency in all of her subjects.

LBBF’s core program, Shortstop, reduces and prevents juvenile delinquency by diverting juvenile offenders and youth at risk of delinquency away from the juvenile justice system through law-related education for youth and their parents.

Participants learn how the legal system works, gain increased understanding regarding the impact of their criminal behavior on families and victims, and learn to set and share new, positive life goals and a vision of the future they would like to create for themselves. Statistics

compiled by law enforcement and through an outside evaluator continue show that over 80% of the youth who successfully complete the Shortstop program do not re-offend.

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KidsVisions is a program of the Long Beach Museum of Art that serves as the visual art education program for over 6,000 fifth-grade students in the Long Beach Unified School District. This encompasses 54 elementary schools with the exception of Avalon Schools, which we hope to fund in 2017. The district’s elementary schools would not have any arts education without KidsVisions. It is a multi-visit program for each class and is entirely free to the district including bus transportation.

“Thank you very much for hosting my 5th grade class and introducing them to the world of arts. Art is seldom taught in my classroom due to rigorous curriculum of language, math and science. This is a great opportunity for my students to learn and appreciate the value of art.”
–Thomas Truman, Teacher at Signal Hill Elementary, Long Beach Unified School District

“Thank you for giving us a tour around the Long Beach Museum of Art. I had a lot of fun over there. There was a lot of art that I liked especially the big ones. My favorite part is when we got to make our own little memory book. Going to the museum made me like art more. I learned a lot from the tour. The art over there looked cool and awesome.”
– Esteban D; Fifth-grader at Longfellow Elementary

Since its introduction in 1996, the Family Learning Center has grown into one of the most critically important resources that the Long Beach Public Library offers to students and families within the Long Beach community.
By providing one-on-one homework help and assistance with job searches and résumés, the Family Learning Center’s Learning Guides create meaningful relationships between patrons of all ages and the Long Beach Public Library as a whole. The Family Learning Center acts as a collaborative space where patrons trust that they can always get the help they need from staff members

who are patient, friendly, and eager to work with patrons of all skill levels. The majority of library users who rely on the Family Learning Center’s services are regular visitors who know the Learning Guides by name and feel comfortable asking for assistance regarding highly imperative school and job-related tasks. Many students who struggle academically are excited to visit the Family Learning Center because they can receive the type of individual attention that schools are not always able to give. The Family Learning Center also provides an environment for parents to actively

participate in their child’s education by sitting in on homework help sessions after school and engaging with them throughout the learning process. Additionally, the Family Learning Center is of tremendous value for adult patrons who struggle with some of the technical elements of formatting a résumé or navigating word processing software. By providing a space for library users to learn freely and gain confidence in their own abilities, the twelve Family Learning Centers throughout the Long Beach Public Library system help students and families in concrete ways on a daily basis.

The Long Beach Public Library recently opened its newest branch, the Michelle Obama Branch Library, at 5870 Atlantic Ave. in North Long Beach. Built on the former site of the Atlantic Theater and the Hanson Building, the library salvaged the theater’s iconic spire and incorporated it into the new building’s design, merging the historic line of the previous structures with a contemporary flare.

The 24,655-square-foot facility is divided into three separate libraries – the Children’s Library, the Teen Library and the Adult Library – to serve
different age groups in the community.

The library also has a number of spaces designated for specific use to help provide for the varied needs of the community. These include two quiet rooms

located in the Adult Library, two Study Rooms in the Teen Library, and the Family Learning Center where the library houses its 3D printer. In addition, the library has three community rooms that are available to rent. Access to the community rooms is independent of the library as a whole, allowing the community rooms to operate outside normal library hours.

Each year, with the help and support of the Munzer Foundation, Long Beach Symphony provides 4 full symphonic performances for over 12,000 Long Beach Unified 4th and 5th graders, including EVERY LBUSD elementary school, four schools in Wilmington, and all special education classes. These students are often introduced to the Performing Arts Center as well as a professional symphony for the very first time. Students arrive by bus and are entertained by music designed to appeal and inform their expectations with

corresponding lesson plans. In addition, the All Honors High School Orchestra has 100 students who perform Side By Side with our orchestra players. These talented, high school musicians get the rare opportunity to rehearse and perform with a professional orchestra, including players that perform in the Hollywood studios, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Pacific Symphony. Orchestra students are mentored and guided to understand the musician profession. Lastly, LBUSD Middle School orchestra students are invited to attend a full

rehearsal to learn first-hand how a professional orchestra practices. Over 2 days in February, EVERY 5th grader and 150 high school and middle school students get a unique opportunity to have a full symphonic orchestra perform just for them. LBUSD’s goal is to utilize the Long Beach Symphony in order to help inspire and direct their students to begin learning a musical instrument in the LBUSD music programs, starting in the 4th and 5th grades.

St. Anthony High School is committed to academic excellence and the spiritual, physical, social and intellectual development of each student within a safe, caring, faith-based community. The school endeavors to form a faith community among parents, faculty, staff and students by providing an atmosphere which fosters Catholic values and helps students develop as

knowledgeable and involved Christians. A large majority of that faith formation is centered in the Jack Errion Memorial Gymnasium which was recently renovated with the support of The Munzer Foundation.

“The Jack Errion gym brings a sense of tradition and expectation. The moment you enter the gym,

you feel something special and want to be a part of it. It’s a beautiful place unifying competition and good sportsmanship while keeping faith as our base for any activity or event. It definitely brings the old school championship vibe of belonging!”
–Alicia Lemau’u, Volleyball Head Coach.

Michelle lives with her mom in the Brookland section of Washington DC. At the start of high school Michelle was extremely shy and lacked confidence. By her senior year, she had overcome some of her social anxiety, but still thought that a mentoring program might be beneficial in helping to build her confidence prior to heading off to college. She began searching online for organizations that provided mentoring for DC youth and eventually came across the Teens Run DC website. As she started reading about TRDC, she felt that its mission statement really spoke to her. In particular, Michelle was intrigued by TRDC’s use of running as a means for learning life skills and of possibly developing closer

relationships. Michelle had never run before, and in the beginning it was tough. She could only run for about five minutes at a time and tired easily. A few weeks after Michelle joined TRD, she was matched with a mentor who began to run with her, helping her to pace herself and set weekly goals. Five minutes running turned to ten minutes and then to fifteen. As Michelle built her confidence, she set her mind to running the Cherry Blossom 5K, her first race ever. She wanted to complete the race, running the whole way, hopefully in under 40 minutes Michelle and her mentor set a plan to help her reach her goal, and each week they charted their progress. On race day, not only did she complete the race, running

the whole way, but she did so in 35 minutes, her best time yet for that distance. Michelle reports that her experience with Teens Run DC has helped her to see the value and importance in bonding with others and building a community. It makes the work that much easier with the support of a community cheering you on. It has also given her a better grasp of how important it is to be physically and emotionally healthy and to work on bettering herself. Since joining TRDC, Michelle has developed greater mental strength and willpower. She feels more empowered to accomplish her goals, feels happier overall, and is more ready to meet the challenges of college next fall.

Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor is one of the foremost arts-for-youth nonprofit organizations in the country. We transform the lives of young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education. In Orange County and through our national licensed partners, we use a long-term approach grounded in exploratory dance education to foster the confidence and gifts within each child to innovate, communicate, and collaborate – skills necessary for success in school and in life. 100 percent of students who graduate from The Wooden Floor immediately enroll in higher education. Our students become change agents and beacons of hope within their own families, their neighborhoods, our community, and our world.

“Dance is a little like therapy for me. I’ve always had issues – stress, homework, financial issues. Even though they don’t tell me, I know my parents are struggling. Dance makes me think in a positive way. When life gets hard, I go into class, forget about everything, and just dance.”
-Hugo, The Wooden Floor, Class of 2017

“The lessons I learned here at The Wooden Floor extend beyond the dance studio and can be applied to life. They helped me do well in high school and I know that they will help me through college and beyond.

This fall, I will be entering UCLA and pursuing a degree in nursing. I am one of 13 siblings. One of my sisters has cerebral palsy. She is the inspiration behind my decision to pursue a career in nursing, so that I may serve and help children with disabilities. This is something that I am passionate about and with hard work and dedication, I am confident I will achieve.”
-Cristina, The Wooden Floor, Class of 2016, Freshman at UCLA