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2018 Latin@ youth conference @ Coffman Memorial Union - University of Minnesota
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for our annual Latin@ youth conference!

This conference, in recognition of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, is free and open to all youth ages 11-18. Lunch will be provided.

Questions? Contact the youth initiatives team at 651-646-5553 ext 320 or by email at CEintern@casadeesperanza.org

Register today at: tinyurl.com/cdeyouth2018

Webinar: What Works?: Preventing Teen Dating Violence Among Latin@ Youth
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm (CST) 

This webinar will offer insight into research, effective practices, and tools related to teen dating violence (TDV) prevention in Latin@ communities. The presenters will begin by highlighting the new TDV Factsheet, which summarizes the past 10 years of research conducted on TDV among Latino youth. They will then highlight the work of Casa de Esperanza’s Youth Amig@s initiative in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They will also present the findings of a recent evaluation of the Youth Amig@s Mother Daughter Retreat, which seeks to prevent TDV by strengthening family connectedness. Finally, presenters will provide an overview of the NO MAS toolkit, which offers concrete culturally-specific tools around family connectedness and TDV prevention.

Through this webinar, participants will: 

  • Become familiar with the latest research on teen dating violence among Latin@ youth
  • Learn about a program that uses these approaches to prevent TDV through family relationships
  • Get tools to use these approaches in their own work by learning about the No MAS toolkit


Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Rebecca Rodriguez, Ph.D. is a community psychologist and manager of research and evaluation at the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Rebecca’s research interests broadly focus on culturally specific and community-centered approaches to prevent family violence in Latino@ families. Her research has examined marital and dating violence by investigating family dynamics (e.g. gender roles, parenting), U.S. immigration policies, and by working directly with Latin@ youth witnesses and survivors of violence in conducting participatory action research on topics they find important to their communities.  Her evaluation work includes participatory and culturally responsive evaluation practices and developing the evaluation capacity of community based organizations. Rebecca enjoys mentoring students and is interested in increasing the number of Latino researchers. As a child of Mexican migrant farm laborers, she is also passionate about social justice for migrant and seasonal laborers.

Sarah Fleming, Graduate Social Work Intern, Casa de Esperanza

Sarah Fleming is a Master of Social Work candidate at the University of Minnesota. She has worked with Casa de Esperanza and the National Latin@ Network in various capacities for the past four years. Currently, she is completing her graduate internship in Casa de Esperanza’s Youth Amig@s initiative, where she conducts program evaluation and facilitates a participatory action group of Latin@ youth leaders who plan an annual conference on teen dating violence for their peers. Sarah has also conducted evaluation of teen leadership and sexual health programs at Neighborhood House, a community-based immigrant resource center in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN. Her interests include youth participatory action research, teen dating violence and sexual violence prevention, and culturally-responsive macro social work practice.

Register now.

¡Adelante Esperanza! Our 35th Anniversary Gala @ Nicollet Island Pavilion
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Save the date for our 35th Anniversary Gala, ¡Adelante Esperanza!

In 35 years, Casa de Esperanza has grown into the largest Latina organization in the country mobilizing Latin@ communities to end domestic violence.

¡Adelante Esperanza! will celebrate the courage and wisdom of our Latina founders and recognize Latin@ leaders locally and nationally who have a deep and passionate commitment to healthy families and communities.

Join us for the excitement!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase a table contact Kathryn Ross at kross@casadeesperanza.org or 651-646-5553 ext 314

Amigas Adventure Camp
Aug 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Enjoy a classic camp experience for Latina girls, ages 11 to 18, with Fuerza Unida Amig@s and Girl Scouts during this action-packed overnight camp session. When you arrive at camp, you and your group pick the activities you want to do during your stay. Options include canoeing, kayaking, biking, archery, arts and crafts, nature, songs, and games. Plus you will get to make new friends and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime!


Disfruta de un campamento para niñas y muchachas Latinas entre 11 y 18 años de edad con Fuerza Amig@s y Girl Scouts.
Cuando llegues al campamento tú y tu grupo podrá escoger las actividades para tu estadía. Algunas de las opciones incluyen: canotaje, kayaking, arquería, manualidades, naturaleza,
ciclismo, canciones y juegos. Asistirás talleres sobre identidad, relaciones saludables y tomar acción para una comunidad más segura. Además podrás hacer nuevas amigas y desarrollar tu
liderazgo que te servirá para toda la vida.

For more information contact Ivette at iizeamartinez@casadeesperanza.org or 651.646.5553 ext 317

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