5th Annual Youth Empowerment Safety Symposium (YESS)

January is now recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. On Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force (LBHTTF), founded in 2012, will present its fifth annual Youth Empowerment Safety Symposium (YESS) at the Salvation Army, 3000 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach 90807. This free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include workshops and presentations to inform youngsters and their caregivers about existing dangers and how to avoid them, as well as a great display of agencies working to prevent this modern day slavery and to help survivors. NCJW Long Beach has been a member of this Task Force since 2014 and provides some of the volunteers needed to make this day a success. Last year NCJW staffed part of the sign in and information table, but assignments vary.


LBHTTF core member Virginia Zart said art displays and special performances will add an element of fun to the day, along with food such as hamburgers and hot dogs and pizza, all of which are donated. Youth leadership groups will offer rallies and stage shows. Last year, 300 people attended the symposium and a similar number of visitors are expected this year.


“This event gives them a place to learn, have fun, and see how much support there is in our own community to help and empower them,” Zart said.  Appropriate for ages 13 and over.


If you are interested in being an NCJW volunteer who provides this service for the greater Long Beach community by staffing a shift of 1 ½ -2 hours, please contact Linda C. Fox at president@ncjwlongbeach.org or call and leave a message at 657-235-2511. More information about parking and specific time of shifts will be available shortly.