YMCA to host virtual equity forums on mental health, digital divides and youth workforce

Long Beach’s YMCA will host virtual forums next week on a variety of equity-related issues, organizers announced this week.

This free event, “Week of Equity,” is split into three days: Monday will focus on mental health, Wednesday on digital broadband and Friday on youth workforce and entrepreneurship. The event is open to the public and will stream on Zoom from 10-11:30 a.m. (To join, click the Zoom link here, and enter meeting ID No. 258 996 2618).

During these forums, organizers plan to identify challenges and barriers as well as share resources.

Guests and panelists will include representatives of the city, Pacific Asian Counseling Services, The LGBTQ Center Long Beach, Pacific Gateway and more, according to organizers.

The forums will have live translations for Spanish and Khmer, and flyers for the event are available in Spanish, Khmer, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Persian/Farsi and Sinhala.

In 2020, Week of Equity was founded by the Community Development YMCA, which is a branch for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, according to the Y’s website.

For questions about the event, contact Sokthea Phay (bilingual in English and Khmer) at [email protected] or 562-668-4255.

YMCA’s Week of Equity flyer in Khmer. Courtesy of Community Development YMCA.

YMCA’s Week of Equity flyer in Persian/Farsi. Courtesy of Community Development YMCA.

YMCA’s Week of Equity flyer in Sinhala. Courtesy of Community Development YMCA.

Un boleto para la Semana de Equidad. (Community Development YMCA)

YMCA’s Week of Equity flyer in Tagalog. Courtesy of Community Development YMCA.

YMCA’s Week of Equity flyer in Vietnamese. Courtesy of Community Development YMCA.

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