OCADSV Annual Conference
Registration Opens March 1st
Workshop- Hustling For Your Community: A Holistic Approach to Prevention
Facilitators- Blanca S. Villalobos & Marsela Rojas-Salas
As women ofcolor educators, activists, and advocates, we will utilize story—telling as a methodology to describe how we problem solve the structural barriers preventionists of color often navigate in culturally speciﬁc prevention programs, especially in comparison to mainstream prevention programs. Connecting youth with resources, art, and education outside ofthe classroom has proven to cultivate and sustain mentorship, grow a sense ofleadership, and create brave spaces for vulnerability. A critical piece of our teaching methodology is incorporating acts of spiritual resistance.Thus, participants in our workshop will have the opportunity to experience a meditation on ancestral reclamation as one form of healing from cultural genocide and intergenerational trauma.
Additionally, we will facilitate a 'hustling' as outreach activity to mobilize our institutional privileges, as well as personal and professional resources in order to cultivate a holistic approach to prevention that moves beyond the classroom and transforms our communities. Lastly, we acknowledge that 'hustling' is not enough and that in order to strengthen our programs, we must also strengthen our laws, policies, I and grants in such a way that eliminate structural barriers and cultivate holistic ppproaches to prevention.
Because our workshop will provide support on curriculum building and the politics of outreach for holistic prevention, as well as ways to strengthen culturally speciﬁc programs structurally and institutionally, it will be a 180 minute workshop, broken into two consecutive 90 minute sessions.