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Wed, May 20


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Poderismo: The Power of Mentorship in the Lives of Youth of Color

Build stronger relationships with youth through the power of mentorship!

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Poderismo: The Power of Mentorship in the Lives of Youth of Color
Poderismo: The Power of Mentorship in the Lives of Youth of Color

Time & Location

May 20, 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Rafael Avendaño

Training Description

This training aims to support youth practitioners by offering them strategies and tools for to build stronger relationships with youth through the power of mentorship. This training will also over current issues that youth of color face in schools, communities and societies. In addition, the class will offer effective mentorship approaches leading to more effective, happier, and successful youth and practitioners the course offers a framework for youth practitioners of all experience levels to exchange ideas, experiences and resources.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn in depth knowledge about mentorship and the dynamics that peer and group mentorship have in the life of youth of color whom have supportive mentors. 
  • Participants will learn about youth whom fall into oppressive cycles and become stigmatized, criminalized and negatively mentally affected. 
  • Participants will take time to learn more about youth development and empathy. 


9:00 - 9:20 Introductions 

9:20 - 9:30 Icebreaker 

9:30 - 10:00 Youth of Color and their need for mentorship   

10:00 - 10:15 How do you use mentorship or how can you use mentorship in your space groupwork 

10:15 - 10:30 Group Share 

10:30 - 10:45 Break (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

10:45 - 11:30 Youth development and Empathy Building  

11:30 - 11:45 Group share  

11:45 - 12:00 Evaluations and Closing  

Meet Our Trainer

Rafael has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management. He is currently the director of the Siena Youth Center of St. Francis Center a space that specializes in education, art and self-expression, advocacy and health and wellness programs for youth and families. Rafael Joined the St. Francis Center in January of 2012 and was hired to help start the youth and community programs for Siena Youth Center. Prior to his tenure at the center he was the program director of programs at the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club for five years.  Rafael knows firsthand what the impact of not anything having to do after school can mean as youth programs helped him when he was a youth. He brings enthusiasm, charisma, and passion to his work of creating quality sports programs and enrichment programs for youth and adults. Rafael believes that with the support of the community, youth, and local county government working together families can achieve their dreams. 

This course meets the qualifications for (2.75) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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