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October 8, 2015 Apoyando a Nuestros Ninos y Jovenes Latinos (Safe Lives & Healthy Futures), featuring special guest Dr. Nancy Guerra

HEROES October 8 Flyer_Page_1 HEROES October 8 Flyer_Page_2We are holding a free bilingual community forum, Apoyando a Nuestros Ninos y Jovenes Latinos (Safe Lives & Healthy Futures), featuring special guest Dr. Nancy Guerra, a developmental psychologist and professor who has an impressive career in violence prevention with Latino/a populations in California and around the globe.  The forum will include a panel discussion with youth representatives, community health workers, parent engagement leaders, and psychologists.  Spirit of Fiesta will perform and participants can enjoy a brief mindfulness meditation.  We provide free childcare, food, and resource tables from our wonderful partners including CALM, Santa Barbara Response Network, SAFTY (Casa Pacifica), Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and the SBC Promotores Network.

Where: 110 W Victoria St. (Moose Lodge)

When: October 8, 2015, 5-7:30 p.m.

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Bringing our Community Together in Dialogue Through Community Forums

As part of the collaborative, we host community forums to bring members of the community together, learn from their experiences and share information. These include youth, parents, administrators, council members and community collaboratives. See our News/Events page for photographs and more detailed descriptions of these events.

We had our first community forum in May, co-sponsored with Las Abuelitas of Santa Barbara, on the topic of youth and families’ experience with education and barriers (i.e., violence and trauma) that may impede access to education.

Our second community forum, co-sponsored with the Pro Youth Movement, was held in September on the topic of addressing gaps in services and finding solutions to address exposure to violence and trauma for our youth. For our flyer click here: Community Forum 092014

Coming soon: Drs. Nancy Gonzales and Nancy Guerra.  Keep checking for more details.

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Project HEROES Photovoice Project

As part of a unique photography class, students took photographs, shared their stories and identified strengths and concerns related to their home, school, and community.  The photographs are to be used to educate others about the issues that youth feel are important. We were lucky to have twenty Latino high school youth participate in the Project HEROES photovoice project.

As part of sharing the students’ voices we bring the photos back to our community through displays at our community forum and by creating videos of the topics they raised. Below is a link to a video that highlights the struggles of exposure to violence in the community and the power of photovoice as a means for expression.
Bilingual version:
English version: