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Fri, Aug 28


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Strategies to Supporting Young Women

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Strategies to Supporting Young Women
Strategies to Supporting Young Women

Time & Location

Aug 28, 2020, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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About the Event

Salina Mae and Ursula Elsa

Training Description

Creating a safe container of acceptance, nonjudgement, and belonging is critical for the well being of young women. In this workshop you will learn how to support youth in processing unaccepting attitudes from dominant culture, peers and families systems. You will be guided in practices that support cultivating resilience, developing self awareness, and a strong self love. This foundation can be especially transformative by providing compassionate practices, awareness practices, and healthy honest conversation and strategies to empower young women. You will gain tools to deepen your allyship to your clients, in a way that truly honors the intersectional layers of their identities.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the impact of systematic oppression, sexism, capitalism and consumerism on young women’s bodies and sense of self
  • Practice self acceptance and radical self love and guidance for young women
  • Engage in at least 1 activity to support youth in their self acceptance
  • Learn how to cultivate your allyship and advocacy as a youth worker
  • Engage in at least one activity to support development of self confidence for youth
  • Practice and learn at least 1 breathing technique for youth to cope with stress and anxiety around body image issues and dysphoria


1:00-1:15 pm Welcome, Housekeeping, and Mindfulness Practice

1:15-1:30 pm Introduction to Strategies for Supporting Young Women 

1:30-1:45pm Sexism and Dominant Cultural Norms

1:45-2:00 pm Activity 1: Exploring the impact of social media on body image 

2-2:15 Break 1 (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

2:15-2:50 pm Activity 2 Self Acceptance practice and Expressive Arts Activity 

2:50-3:20pm Activity 3: Empowerment Practice and Activity

3:20-3:45pm Breakout Groups 

3:45-4:00pm Break 2 (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

4:00-4:45pm Activity 4: Cultivating Allyship for Young Women 

4:45-5:00pm Closing and Feedback

Meet Our Trainer

Salina Mae (she/her/hers), is a Bay Area born and raised community leader with over 15 years experience serving California schools both as a K-12 classroom teacher and as a mindfulness coach and consultant. With a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, she received her Masters in Education and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the Claremont Graduate University in 2006. She specializes in building creative, inspired, and socially awake trainings and curricula that lead to action in the areas of mindfulness, social justice, and systems change. Salina is a certified yoga teacher, a dedicated mentor and advocate for LGBTQI+ youth.

Ursula Elsa (she/her/ hers) was born and raised in the beautiful land of the Bay Area, Ohlone Territory. She has been teaching mindfulness and nature connection to youth in the Bay Area for over 6 years and is currently leading rites of passage work for Gaia Girls. Ursula is passionate about creating programming for LGBTQI+ and neurodiverse communities. She is also a trained doula and an advocate of parent’s rights in the birth community. Ursula has been collaborating with Salina since 2013 to create mindfulness based programming, educator trainings and curricula.

This course meets the qualifications for (3.5) 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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