Launching Beyond Us & Them

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We are thrilled to celebrate the initiation of Beyond Us & Them. In furtherance of our mission to ​promote communication, enhance well-being, build community, and foster compassion, Beyond Us & Them is the successor organization to Center for Council and will serve as a home for the deepening, expansion and evolution of our powerful programming and will provide an anchor…

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Fostering Resilience in Reentry

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The Los Angeles Reentry Collaborative hosted a wellness and resiliency event on March 6th that provided nourishment and community to over 100 reentry service providers and recently released individuals and loved ones navigating the challenging reentry process. This event was the latest quarterly convening of this dynamic network and featured an interactive presentation on wellness…

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The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Grant: Supporting Mental Health in Law Enforcement

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Law enforcement is a challenging and stressful profession that requires individuals to make quick decisions in high-pressure situations. The nature of the job can take a toll on the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers, and it is important to provide officers with resources they need to function well amidst the challenges they…

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Celebrating Family and Community Event

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Saturday, December 9, was Family Day: A Celebration of Freedom & New Beginnings, an event intended to raise up and nourish all those personally touched by incarceration and working to reacclimate and restore balance in their lives. Here’s a brief snippet of sights and sounds from the day: Center for Council / Beyond Us & Them…

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Bringing Council to Fortune Schools: Building Character and Nourishing School Culture

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In October of 2023, Center for Council initiated a unique partnership to support social-emotional learning, enhance character-building and improve school culture with Fortune School of Education, a system of tuition-free, college preparatory public charter schools. About Fortune Schools Located in San Bernardino and Sacramento, which boast the second and third-highest Black student populations in California,…

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POWER Training: on the Cutting-Edge of Scientific Research on the Physiological Benefits of Council

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Trainers with Beyond Us & Them’s (formerly Center for Council’s) POWER Training Program for law enforcement officers traveled south to San Diego for the last session of a three-month intensive workshop involving officers from the police departments of four local universities: University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos, Palomar College and Miracosta…

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Strength and Wellness Redefined: Homeboy Industries and Center for Council Lead the Way

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On Friday, September 15th, Center for Council/ Beyond Us and Them joined forces with Homeboy Industries to host “Strength and Wellness Day.”  This event was designed to empower historically marginalized communities, in particular those who have experienced incarceration, encouraging participants to embrace transformation, cultivate resilience, and celebrate the potential to develop strength within, as well…

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Stories from our Trainer Leadership Initiative Participants

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Participants from our Trainer Leadership Initiative shared their stories of their experience and journey. The communities served in the Santa Clarita Valley One Step a la Vez are, by-and-large, immigrants from Mexico and Central America; the last thing its site director, Ricky Miranda, thought he’d be doing there is creating a safe space for supporters of…

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Creative Ways Law Enforcement Agencies Can Use The LEMWHA Grant

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The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMWHA) grant is a valuable resource for law enforcement agencies nationwide that are looking to support the mental health and well-being of their officers. The grant can be used to fund a wide range of initiatives, including programs to promote resilience, training on stress management, and the…

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Reentry Family Holiday Celebration

On Saturday, December 10, 2022, Beyond Us and Them’s extended reentry family gathered at the Los Angeles River Center for a powerful day of warm celebration, beautiful music, delicious food and heartfelt connection, organized as part of our Council Reentry Program.​ ​Attendees were serenaded by the sweet, melodious sounds of reggae band INTENT, featuring Ronnie…

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