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We 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.
We held a community walk Saturday, 5/30/15 at 10 a.m. at the Lower Westside Community Center. We ended the walk at the Family Opportunity Center where activities included T’ai Chi with Ismael Huerta, food, music with DJ Orbs, and dance performances from Everybody Dance Now, Team Inspire, the Spirit of Fiesta, Housing Authority of the City of SB, UCSBreaking and more!
Drs. Adams and Kia-Keating present in Bethesda, MD at the Health Equity Seminar series of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) on March 17, 2015. See photos on the News/Events tab.
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
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.