Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders: Strengthening Youth-Adult Partnerships

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  • Live Online Training
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2024
  • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Your Training Description

In this training, Esperanza United’s Prevention & Social Change Team and Youth Leaders will discuss the impact of strengthening youth-adult partnerships and centering the voices of youth so that we can collectively end gender-based violence. Youth Leaders Matthew Osuna and Paris Juarez will share tips and strategies for caring adults like you to engage young people in youth-adult partnerships. A guide they co-created during their participation as Youth Action Committee Members through the Consolidated Youth Engaging Men program will be explored.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of youth-adult partnerships in effectively addressing and preventing gender-based violence
  • Identify strategies for centering the voices of youth within organizations and initiatives aimed at ending gender-based violence
  • Learn practical tips and techniques for you to meaningfully engage with youth in collaborative partnerships
  • Gain insights from the experiences of Youth Leaders Matthew Osuna and Paris Juarez and explore how their participation in youth-adult partnerships has contributed to their advocacy efforts in preventing gender-based violence

Your Trainers

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Felix Martinez-Paz joined the Esperanza United Prevention & Social Change team in 2017. As the Engaging Men & Boys Program Specialist he supports and creates stronger connections with organizations and individuals doing direct work in our communities. Felix has also been an active member of The Men and Masculine Folks Network, participated in Esperanza United engaging men campaign “Te invito” and played a key role in Esperanza United collaborations with the A Call to Men Conference in MN. Felix works with Latino students of Independent School District 196, facilitating conversations on Healthy Masculinity, Teen Dating Violence, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ and collaborating with other organizations such as the Department of Natural Resources, NAMI, Outfront MN, and Boys Scouts of America. Felix received the 2022 YIPA “Friends of Youth Leadership Award” where national youth workers are recognized for their dedication on supporting youth. Felix was born in Puerto Rico and lived in the Dominican Republic for many years.
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Estefany Lazaro, BSW, is a Community Family Advocate and the Safe Harbor Specialist for Esperanza United. With more than 7 years of experience, Estefany assists families experiencing domestic violence by implementing and reinforcing culturally responsive strategies that support the safety and well-being of Latina survivors and their families. This includes enhanced safety planning, filing orders for protection, accompaniment to court hearings, filing of police reports, and making referrals to legal, medical, and other service providers as needed. As the Safe Harbor Specialist, Estefany supports young adults under the age of 24 who are at risk or experiencing sex trafficking by providing culturally responsive services including advocacy, safety planning, referrals to housing, legal, medical, mental health, and other services as needed.
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Matthew Osuna Senn is a 19-year-old from Burnsville, MN and a proud Youth Amig@ at Esperanza United. He participated in the Office of Violence Against Women’s Consolidated Youth and Engaging Men Youth Action Committee. In addition, Matthew and his peers created a plan to improve transportation and housing by providing feedback to the Metropolitan Council; a plan that will inform the 2050 Regional Development Guide. Matthew loves drumming, surfing, and being around friends, but above all he loves making a difference in his community.
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Paris Juarez is an 18-year-old from Eagan, MN and a proud Youth Amig@ at Esperanza United. She participated in the Office of Violence Against Women’s Consolidated Youth and Engaging Men Youth Action Committee. In addition, Paris and her peers created a plan to improve transportation and housing by providing feedback to the Metropolitan Council; a plan that will inform the 2050 Regional Development Guide. Paris loves to workout, longboard, write poetry, and spend time with friends and family. She strives to leave a positive impact on her community and makes an effort to create meaningful relationships with all.

Your Competency Focus Area

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Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to appreciate diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.