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Alianza staff and training consultants had a very busy Spring 2014, traveling to Oregon, California and Illinois to deliver three On the Road to Social Transformation: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence trainings.

On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training.  It was held at the Library of Temple Beth Israel, in Eugene, Oregon - March 19 & 20, 2014.  Photo provided by Erika Lincango, Ojovivo Bilingual Community News & Media.

The first training took place in Eugene, Oregon on March 19 & 20, 2014. It was attended by 40 participants from Georgia, Oregon and Washington. The overall purpose and goal of the trainings was to assist service providers in strengthening their commitment and capacity to better serve Latino families & individuals affected by violence and to ensure that they are served in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.  The training, which was held in the library of Temple Beth Israel, was co-hosted by Womenspace of Eugene, Oregon.

On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training, held at the Ventura County Community Foundation Non-profit Center in Camarillo, CA - March 24 & 25, 2014.

The second training took place in Camarillo, California on March 24 & 25, 2014. It was attended by 36 participants from various states including California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and North Carolina. It was held at the Ventura County Community Foundation Non-profit Center and co-hosted by Lideres Campesinas.

Teresa Pedrizco and Juanita Flores, at our On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training which took place on June 9 & 10, 2014 in Chicago, IL at the Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty administrative offices.

The third and final training in this series was held in Chicago, Illinois on June 9 & 10, 2014. It was attended by 40 participants from various parts of the country and Puerto Rico. It was held at the Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty administrative offices and co-hosted by Heartland Alliance Human Care a Project of Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty.

Specific training objectives included the following:

  • Increase participants’ awareness about Latino population growth, diversity & positive impact on American society.

  • Understand the importance of making DV and SA programs and services more accessible and responsive to the particular needs of underserved populations, specifically Latinas/os

  • Better understand the individual and organizational barriers that limit full access to DV and SA programs and services

  • Enhance understanding of how structural and institutional racism impact the lives of people of color, and Latinas/os in particular.

  • Enhance understanding of Cultural Competence

  • Learn about various culturally and linguistically responsive approaches, strategies and programs created to address the specific needs of Latina survivors, families and communities and explore examples of what culturally responsive services look like in terms of policies, staffing, outreach, accessibility, practices and other key elements.

  • Learn how to conduct a cultural competency organizational self-assessment to help determine what changes need to be made, within their respective organizations, to create organizational diversity, eliminate disparities, and develop culturally competent programs and services.

The trainings were funding by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K091 from the U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Violence Against Women.

Trainers/Facilitators for both trainings were Patricia Castillo, Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative in San Antonio, Texas and Mily Treviño Saucedo, founder and former Executive Director of Lideres Campesinas in California. Adelita M. Medina, Alianza’s Executive Director assisted with the first two trainings and Pam Ortiz, Alianza’s Administrative Assistant/Office Manager assisted with the third training.

For additional photos and copies of some of the materials and other resources used for these trainings please go to our resources page.

See what people are saying about our trainings.

TrainingPhoto1The first series of trainings entitled: ¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can—Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence--La Independencia Financiera para Sobrevivientes Latinas de Violencia Doméstica was delivered in 7 states between April 2012 and September 2013. The two-day trainings were attended by about 250 advocates and other service providers from across the country and as far away as Puerto Rico and Guam.

Alianza worked with local and/or state organizations in New Mexico, Washington, California, Florida, Indiana, New York and Colorado who co-hosted the trainings and helped in locating space and promoting the trainings.

During the first day of the workshop, participants learned the basics of Financial Literacy including: household budgeting, how banks and other financial institutions work, opening and balancing a check book, credit basics, personal and business loans, renting or buying a place, and identify theft.

Day two of the training actively engaged the participants in exploring the world of entrepreneurship (How to Start, Finance and Maintain a Business). Participants learned how to do marketing research to determine if there a market for a specific product or service. They reviewed business ownership essentials, including start-up requirements and operations—how to select a business structure, how much money is needed to open the business, what licenses or permits are required, how to balance family and business, how to keep good records, how to protect business assets. Next, the participants learned how to create a marketing plan (selecting marketing strategies and venues). The final session focused on writing a business plan, including developing a long-range vision, setting realistic goals, writing a mission statement, selecting a location, product/service description, hours of operation, management, general operations, and projecting costs.

Alianza also conducted a Financial Independence workshop at the annual conference of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, held in Denver, CO in July 2013.

These trainings were funded by Grant No. 2010-ET-S6-K017 from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women.

The second series of trainings was entitled: Working with Latino Men and Boys to Eradicate Domestic Violence

TrainingPhoto2Alianza, in partnership with the National Compadres Network, organized and conducted five national trainings in various regions of the country, including North Carolina, Illinois, Virginia, California, and Texas. Co-hosting agencies included: North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Alliance of Local Service Organizations and Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (Chicago); Fairfax County Government; East Los Angeles Women's Center, P.E.A.C.E Initiative and the American Indians in Texas.

Approximately 260 participants (women and men) from throughout the country took part in the trainings.

Alianza also conducted a workshop on Working with Men and Boys at the annual conference of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, held in Denver, CO in July 2013.

Participants in these workshops:

  • Were able to reflect on the characteristics of men and boys that they grew up with
  • Gained an increased understanding of how boys are raised and the effects on their relationship development skills, the way society sees Latino men and boys, and how internalized oppression relates to their behaviors
  • Explored aspects of cultural roots and teachings that have been passed on through generations.
  • Gained an understanding of issues that Latino men and boys face, the baggage they carry, the gifts they offer
  • Gained an appreciation for the diversity of men they will encounter within the Latino population, based on country of origin, language, generation in U.S., citizenship & time in the country as it relates to inclusion of men and boys, in dealing with the issues of domestic violence.
  • Gained a grounded basis for the inclusion of men and boys in dealing with issues of domestic violence and learn how to reach out and engage them as advocates
  • Gained a greater awareness of practical strategies and practices to engage Latino males and about what tools, interventions, materials and other resources are available.
  • Learned about the work of the National Compadres Network and about the importance of living the principles of "El Hombre Noble," modelling desired behaviors and having a place where men can ground themselves—"circulo."

The trainings were funded by Grant Number 2011-TA-AX-K091 from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women and conducted by Maestro Jerry Tello and Dr. Ricardo Carrillo.

Veronica Davila from the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative talks about her experiences as a single mother raising boys at Working with Men & Boys training, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 14-15, 2013.  Photo courtesy of Daniel V. Pineda.

Alianza in partnership with the National Compadres Network, just wrapped up a series of trainings entitled: Working with Men and Boys to Eradicate Domestic Violence. The trainings were offered in October and November in Fairfax, VA; Los Angeles, California; and San Antonio, Texas. Co-hosting agencies included: Fairfax County Government, East Los Angeles Women's Center, P.E.A.C.E Initiative and the American Indians in Texas.

Approximately 150 participants (women and men) from throughout the country took part in the trainings.

Participants in this workshop:

  • Were able to reflect on the characteristics of men and boys that they grew up with

  • Gained an increased understanding of how boys are raised and the effects on their relationship development skills, the way society sees Latino men and boys, and how internalized oppression relates to their behaviors

  • Explored aspects of cultural roots and teachings that have been passed on through generations.

  • Gained an understanding of issues that Latino men and boys face, the baggage they carry, the gifts they offer

  • Gained an appreciation for the diversity of men they will encounter within the Latino population, based on country of origin, language, generation in U.S., citizenship & time in the country as it relates to inclusion of men and boys, in dealing with the issues of domestic violence.

  • Gained a grounded basis for the inclusion of men and boys in dealing with issues of domestic violence and learn how to reach out and engage them as advocates

  • Gained a greater awareness of practical strategies and practices to engage Latino males and about what tools, interventions, materials and other resources are available.

  • Learned about the work of the National Compadres Network and about the importance of living the principles of "El Hombre Noble," modelling desired behaviors and having a place where men can ground themselves—"circulo."

The trainings were funded by Grant Number 2011-TA-AX-K091 from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women and conducted by Maestro Jerry Tello and Dr. Ricardo Carrillo. See what people are saying about our trainings.

NYFIPresentationAs part of its Financial Independence for Latino Survivors of Domestic Violence activities in New York City, Alianza held a video presentation and reception for training participants and other friends and supporters. In addition to viewing the video: Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence/Mas Alla de la Violencia Doméstica: Logrando la Independencia Financiera, attendees heard from two guest speakers: Commissioner Yolanda Jimenez, from the NYC Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Dawn Maestas, DV Survivor and now successful business woman. Dawn is one of the survivors featured in the video.

The 28-minute documentary, produced by Alianza and Albuquerque-based Arnold Trujillo Production, features several domestic violence survivors who broke away from violent and abusive relationships and are now successful business owners, living financially independent lives that are free of violence. Their stories of struggle, hope and the will to survive inspire not only victims of domestic violence, but others who want to create a better life for themselves. The video, accompanies a train-the-trainer curriculum produced as part of Alianza's Financial Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence Training Project.

The video presentation, reception, and two-day training were held at the The Conference Center in mid-town Manhattan.

To watch the video follow this link.

¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can—Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence
La Independencia Financiera para Sobrevivientes Latinas de Violencia Doméstica

trainingnyMore than 60 participants from various states and Puerto Rico participated in Alianza's two-day training entitled Financial Independence for Latina Survivors of Domestic Violence. The training was held in New York City. During the first day of the workshop, participants learned the basics of Financial Literacy including: household budgeting, how banks and other financial institutions work, opening and balancing a check book, credit basics, personal and business loans, renting or buying a place, and identify theft.

Day two of the training actively engaged the participants in exploring the world of entrepreneurship (How to Start a Business). Participants learned how to do marketing research to determine if there a market for a specific product or service. They reviewed business ownership essentials, including start-up requirements and operations—how to select a business structure, how much money is needed to open the business, what licenses or permits are required, how to balance family and business, how to keep good records, how to protect business assets. Next, the participants learned how to create a marketing plan (selecting marketing strategies and venues). The final session focused on writing a business plan, including developing a long-range vision, setting realistic goals, writing a mission statement, selecting a location, product/service description, hours of operation, management, general operations, and projecting costs.

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