Central American Migrant Conference

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Raised by 31 people in 4 months
Created July 12, 2018
Homies Unidos humbly requests your support for our 4th annual Central American Youth Leadership Conference (CAYLC) entitled, “Education, Wellbeing, Action!” It will be held November 30, 2018 from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM at Los Angeles Trade Tech College. This event is hosted by the Dreamers Resource Center, CARECEN, Saint John’s Well Child and Family Center, and Homies Unidos Inc. Last year’s CAYLC , our Univision MC, Norma Roque and our Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors speaker, Hilda Solis welcomed over 550 students from 12 schools from all over the city. We definitely surpassed our expectations are confident that with your help, this year’s conference will be successful, too!

In solidarity with Central American Refugee youth (also known as Unaccompanied Minors) fleeing violence from Central America, our main purpose of the conference compasses to ensure these Unaccompanied Minors feel welcomed, provide health care resources with on the spot referrals, facilitate legal/higher education/employment interactive workshops, and showcase their stories and experiences by celebrating and promoting Central American art and culture in order to build a supportive community that creates opportunities for positive feedback and self- esteem-building. With all of the above, we aim to empower our youth to speak about the issues directly affecting them.

In January 2015, one of our Homies Unidos’ Joven Noble program graduates, Wilmer Escobar wanted to share a space where UM could freely talk about issues they faced as they integrated in their new home. This conversation led to the idea of the CAYLC. Our mission supported such a vision because it helped to pursue the elimination of the stigma labeled on so many of our immigrant youth and it was a key factor to reduce youth violence, drug abuse,and teen pregnancy. We have implemented the Joven Noble program in several schools to help Central American youth who are having difficulties integrating into their new communities overcome those obstacles.

In addition, Homies Unidos supported this cause because it would present culturally competent access to alternative education, development of leadership, build self-esteem, and link health education programs to the promotion of social justice programs that make a difference in the homes, schools and streets of our recent immigrant youth who have endured traumatic events in their countries.

Proposal- 2018 Central American Youth Leadership Conference
Homies Unidos is working to ensure UM have a successful, safe, and well-supported integration into our community. Only with a full scope of services, can we effectively succeed in transitioning this population through the acculturation and integration process. Addressing the challenge of acculturation within a timely manner will serve as a preventative measure to reduce the high risk of youth falling prey to dysfunctional lifestyles and entering an identity crisis resulting in maladaptive coping mechanisms that are experienced along with a loss of identity, feelings of shame, and high levels of personal and inter-community conflict. The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (“SFILEN”) research report states, that the first of four recommendations defines integration as “a means to supportingimmigrant communities in living dignified lives with access to effective health services without fear or cultural or linguistic barriers.”
·      Reinforce our commitment to the Central American Immigrant youth and their families who continue to strive for a better life, well-being and prosperity. Connect Central American immigrant students youth with resources and direct links to service providers addressing their issues.

·      Generate resolutions to take action on the issues immediately affecting them our immigrant youth, empower our youth to have their voices heard as leaders and create an environment based on their culture.

I  - Workshops
Following the inauguration, we will have 10 simultaneous workshops, conducted twice, which will be included in the registration form.
The general proposed topics are as follows:
·      Current state of Central American youth
·      Keeping your roots and managing the culture shock
·      Education challenges and opportunities
·      How to get to College
·      How to navigate the legal system
·      Know your body, knowledge keeps you healthy
·      Vocational trades opportunities
The methodology of these workshops are suggested to be more open and interactive with 45 minutes of sharing with a facilitation model, using participatory techniques and providing means of support and reference of needed support and information sources. Each workshop will be guided by LAUSD academic standards.
II  – Resources Fair
Throughout the day we planned to have a resource fair of service providers addressing the issues of CAR youth available to them in the community. Booths will be available to organizations to promote their services, job opportunities, higher education and cultural art. The notion is for the youth have one-to-one contact with their potential supporter and potential service providers.
III – Arts and Culture
This would be an ongoing activity throughout the day, with interactive participation, an art exhibit and a music concert at the end of the day, where CAR youth and local artists will perform and show their talents.
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Our youth working on healing through the arts.
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Our Youth Leadership Program leaders at the Fiesta Juliana educating people at our booth.
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Our Youth Leadership program for young Central American women speaking at the Fiesta Julian festival in MacArthur Park about the #CAYLC in November.
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We just added a new team member to help with this cause. Welcome Jasmin Iraheta.
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$2,119 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 4 months
Created July 12, 2018
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Homies Unidos Inc.
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