During this webinar, participants will learn about innovative ways in which Enlace Comunitario, a social justice organization led by Latina immigrants whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence in the Latino immigrant community and promote healthy families in Central New Mexico, engages young people to develop their leadership through peer-to-peer learning promoting healthy relationships to prevent teen dating violence.
• Engage in a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of engaging Latino young people in shaping Teen Dating Violence prevention strategies and solutions.
• Share examples of the work being done by Enlace Comunitario’s prevention team with a focus on the work with Latino youth leaders.
• Identify tools and resources to better support and build infrastructure for authentic youth engagement in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
Presenters: Jose Luis Reyes; Youth Leader, Cynthia Jimenez; Youth Project Coordinator and Virginia Perez-Ortega; Prevention Co-Director, Enlace Comunitario
Jose Luis Reyes is 14 years old and is currently an eighth grader at El Camino Real Academy. His interests include playing football and his favorite subject in school is math. His immediate goals are to work and graduate middle school. In the future Jose Luis wants to attend college and major in Engineering and Business. This is his first year as an Enlace Youth Leader. He successfully completed 26 hours of training in October 2016 to become a Youth Leader and present about Teen Dating Violence and other healthy relating topics among teens. He has presented at 3 different schools and is expected to present at 2 more this upcoming month.
Cynthia M Jiménez is the Youth Leaders Coordinator at Enlace Comunitario and has worked for the organization under a year, but has over five years of experience working with youth and community non-profit programs, including ENLACE (educativo). She holds a Bachelor in Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and is currently a Master in Arts student in the Educational Leadership Program, also at UNM. Cynthia’s work includes directly working with the Youth Leaders to educate other youth in Spanish and English at youth conferences, schools, and around the community on how to prevent Teen Dating violence and promote healthy relationships among each other. She also works with the Youth Leaders to create messages, voice radio ads, billboards and posters to bring awareness about domestic/teen dating violence to the public. Cynthia is currently working with the Youth Leader’s on a special project to bring awareness about Teen Dating Violence to the community for the month of February.
Virginia Pérez-Ortega is the Violence Prevention Co-director at Enlace Comunitario. Her previous experience includes a Victims’ Rights Advocate at the statewide NM Victims’ Rights Project and a Project Coordinator position for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) where she coordinated, managed, and implemented all aspects of a community engagement, New Mexico Rural Promotora Project and the Limited English Proficiency Accessibility Project. She has served as a subject matter expert and spokesperson in the creation of public awareness campaigns targeting Latinos in the United States. Ms. Perez-Ortega is an immigrant from Mexico. Ms. Perez-Ortega has earned associate’s degrees in Human Resources Administration and Business Graphics and Communications, and is pursuing a Community Development degree from Universidad Abierta y a Distancia de Mexico. She is a proud mother of two children ages 12 and 14. Lastly, she is an independent consultant as trainer, facilitator and event coordinator for diverse organizations and coalitions as well as an English-Spanish translator and interpreter.