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You & I are stronger together – 2019 Youth Conference @ New Main Hall - Metro State University
Feb 16 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Webinar: Engaging Latino Young Men and Boys
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm (CST) 

For the past year in Minnesota, Casa de Esperanza and Centro Tyrone Guzman have been collaborating to facilitate groups for Latin@ youth to explore healthy masculinity. During this webinar, presenters will share best practices, lessons learned, challenges, and adaptations they made to engage Latino boys in learning about teen dating violence and healthy masculinity.

During the webinar, participants will:

  • Explore best practices to recruit/engage Latino boys in healthy masculinity conversations.
  • Learn about adaptations made to approaches to engage youth.
  • Hear about lessons learned and why it is important to engage boys in the fight to end gender-based violence.


Felix Martinez-Paz, Men and Boys Engagement Coordinator

Felix Martinez-Paz joined the Casa de Esperanza Community Engagement team in 2017 as the Men & Boys Engagement Coordinator. Prior to joining Casa de Esperanza, Felix worked in the fields of business management and nonprofits. Most recently, he worked at Neighborhood Development Alliance as a Home Ownership Advisor, where he provided foreclosure prevention services, pre-purchase counseling, and financial coaching. Additionally, he facilitated workshops on budgeting, finance, credit, and housing homestretch. During the past two years, Felix has been working under contract with Casa de Esperanza, facilitating men’s circles; he has also been an active member of Men and Masculine Folks Network, participated in Casa de Esperanza’s engaging men campaign Te Invito, and played a key role in Casa de Esperanza’s collaboration with A CALL TO MEN’s Conference in Minnesota. Felix has more than 15 years’ combined experience in management, finance and direct services, throughout which he has had the opportunity to work closely with the Latin@ community in Minnesota. Felix was born in Puerto Rico and lived in the Dominican Republic for many years.

Nallely Castro Montoya, Youth Amig@s Coordinator

Nallely Castro Montoya is the Youth Amig@ Coordinator at Casa de Esperanza. She has been working with youth ages 8 to 18 in a variety of capacities for eight years. She has a Bachelor’s of Art in Chicano-Latino studies and a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. As the Youth Amig@s Coordinator, she provides leadership training and supports the community action projects of Fuerza Unida Amig@s Youth Peer Leaders. She also works in partnership with Latin@ youth to identify opportunities and implement strategies in community leadership, education, self-sufficiency and agency, health and wellness, relationships, and personal advocacy.

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