Truancy Conference Saturday Seeks Ways To Keep Kids in The Classroom and Off The Streets

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School truancy is correlated with increased gang activity, drug use and delinquency. Truancy is a multi-faceted issue impacting the lives of all community members, and a collaborative effort is necessary in order to successfully effect change.

The community is invited to attend the Long Beach Truancy Conference – “On Time, Every Time” – on Saturday, September 24, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach.

The Truancy Conference is hosted by the City’s Department of Health and Human Services, Helpline Youth Counseling and the Los Angeles County Probation Department. The conference will provide students, parents and community leaders with education, information and an opportunity to dialogue about ways to prevent truancy and create a success oriented school learning environment that focuses on preparing students for a positive future.

Conference presenters and group facilitators include:

  • Dee Andrews, Councilmember, 6th District, City of Long Beach
  • Doug Haubert, Long Beach City Prosecutor
  • The Honorable John Lawson II, Site Judge, Long Beach Juvenile Court
  • Nancy Theberge, Public Defenders Office
  • Lydia Bodin, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT) Program
  • Claire Vermillion, Referee, Long Beach Informal Juvenile Traffic Court
  • Dr. Rick Tebbano, Long Beach Unified School District Truancy Coordinator
  • Lieutenant Ty Hatfield, Long Beach Police Department
  • Marisol Ibanez, Poly Academy Of Achievers and Leaders (PAAL) Program
  • Marc Rothenberg, Attorney at Law

The conference includes a Resource Fair, Spanish and Khmer translation services, free continental breakfast and lunch, free supply-filled school bags for the first 150 participating students, and a prize raffle.

For further information, please contact Jeffrey Farber at 562.864.3722 or at email at

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