Alianza Coachella Valley’s Youth Organizing Council (YO-C) is hosting their first youth leadership retreat titled “¿Quién sabe?” on Monday, November 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the North Shore Beach and Yacht Club. Media are encouraged to attend the retreat between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. while students are participating in workshops.

In the past, youth in the Eastern Coachella Valley have traveled to destinations outside of their communities for retreats and conferences that help build their leadership skills. For the first time, Alianza is hosting a retreat located in the community where our youth live. Alianza will also be providing transportation for all youth participating in the retreat.

“We are thrilled to host our first leadership retreat for local youth in the community they call home,” said Silvia Paz, Founder and Executive Director of Alianza Coachella Valley. This retreat will allow youth to practice different forms of storytelling (journaling, painting, photography, collage-making, etc.) as ways to strengthen their community connection and advocacy. Workshops will include:

  • Air filter making: Youth will learn how to advocate through their actions by building an air filter. This demonstrates that the policies in place at the Salton Sea are not working to clean up the air and communities have to come up with their own air filtration solutions.
  • Morralito crocheting: Youth will learn the importance of storytelling through everyday conversations. Advocacy doesn’t have to happen in a “professional” setting, It can take place while doing hands-on activities with friends.
  • Community justice: Youth will talk about mental health and restorative justice practices in ways that foster better communication with friends, family, and teachers. Youth will also build talking pieces that represent them and take home the elements needed to start their own restorative justice circles.
  • Salton Sea painting: Youth will capture the beauty of the Salton Sea through painting, while also creating pieces that show the urgency to restore it so that it is clean, healthy, and thriving.
  • Collage making: Youth will create collages that show what their communities look like and what they would like for them to look like.
  • Photography: Youth will learn how to capture what they see, hear, touch, smell, and taste through photography.

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