2020 YPC Workshop Descriptions
Workshop Track: Healing from Violence and Building Healthy Social Environments
1. Putting an End to Teen Dating Violence, Kaity's Way
Presented by: Bobbi Sudberry, Kaity’s Way
Kaity's Way will drive home the importance of healthy relationships in all types of relationships. From dating relationships to relationships with family, friends, co-workers, teachers, coaches, etc. In addition, we will focus in part on bringing awareness to the issue of teen dating violence by sharing Kaity's Story, identifying certain red flags in an abusive relationship, how to safely exit an abusive relationship, provide information about Kaity's Law and go over the P.E.A.C.E. Right and Responsibilities for any relationship. By incorporating a video and interactive polls, it promises to be an enlightening and informative session.
2. You Are Not Alone
Presented by: Andres Ruiz, I Believe in Myself Coaching
Andres will share his personal story on how he went through anxiety and depression in high school and his mid 20's. He will also share his experience with drugs and alcohol. He will also share several tools that helped him overcome his anxiety and depression to help the youth deal with any adversities they may be dealing with so they can become more resilient and be aware of their own personal power. He will also introduce participants to two methods that have helped him and his challenges, which are guided meditation and mindfulness activities. The whole purpose of the workshop is to show youth that they are not alone when it comes to mental health issues that they may be facing in their lives and that there are ways to deal with anxiety and depression. It will also cover the relationship between mental health issues and toxic vs healthy masculinity.
3. Habits of Awareness: Increase Awareness, Reduce Fear, Live Safer and Feel More Empowered
Presented by: Dawn Armstrong, ThinkSafe Seminars

This interactive seminar covers specific ways to increase personal and situational awareness as you go about your day. 

  • Explore a variety of effective strategies to help you recognize and avoid violence before it happens

  • Identify risky people and situations early and often (trusting your instincts)

  • Prepare non-escalation and de-escalation responses for potential dangers (rather than reacting or escalating a situation)

  • Discuss methods for discouraging attacks

This workshop will use stories to help start conversations and show how the strategies behind Habits of Awareness work. Participants then recognize, and perhaps share, their own experiences (good and bad). Participants will write and share responses to uncomfortable or dangerous situations. Short quizzes using Kahoot will also help people share their experiences and knowledge.

4. Making Art While Living with COVID-19 and Other Challenging Experiences
Presented by: Mita Cuaron, Retired Nurse, Artist, Activist

Due to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, youth are now living with challenging conditions, such as isolation, social distancing and compulsory mask wearing. This has turned our social order and our sense of normalcy upside down. This isolation has caused pre-existing conditions such as sexual and domestic abuse, along with other challenging conditions to be amplified, as youth stuck at home now have limited access to outside resources to seek help or report abuse. Making art is therapeutic because it allows students to express themselves without having to communicate verbally.  Participants will receive art supplies to help guide their own art creation during this workshop.

Workshop Track: Identifying and Resisting Root Causes of Violence
5. Power of Youth
Presented by: Erica Slaton, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Power of Youth is aimed at preventing underage drinking and other drug use and gives youth the tools to get out of dangerous and harmful situations that can impact them for a lifetime. Power of Youth is presented as a game where students/youth are able to answer questions on a roadmap, enter in discussion, and work through real life situations. We also discuss a mission moment that is focused on the story of a local teen who lost her life due to drinking underage.
6. Boys to Men Tucson: Intergenerational Work to Heal
Presented by: Michael Brasher, Boys to Men Tucson
This all-gender workshop focuses on the importance of intergenerational work to promote healing in our communities. The socialization of boys in the US means that we grow up pressured into adopting toxic traits that limit our capacity to be whole and encourage us to dismiss the impacts of our actions on others. As a result, many men today are deeply wounded, and see little way out. We pass on these hurtful patterns, creating intergenerational cycles of harm that structure our family and community life. While many discussions focus on the need for men to become allies, there has been less attention paid to the important role of multigenerational relationships in creating change. What does boyhood have to teach us about gender fluidity and men's capacity for wholeness, and how can boys and men labor together to cultivate communities where consent and love are the norm rather than the exception?
7. “Man Up!”: How Toxic Masculinity Can Bring Out the Violence in Male Youth, and Ways of Building Healthy Masculinity
Presented by: Patrick Polanco, Child & Family Resources
In this all-genders-welcome workshop, youth will discuss the different stereotypical messages about masculinity they frequently see in the media. Specifically, this workshop will focus on the concept of how, when conforming, internalizing and taking masculinity stereotypes to the extreme, it can often result in negative consequences such as violence, decision-making that compromises one’s health, or worse. After talking about toxic masculinity, we will transition to a discussion about healthy masculinity. Youth will define what healthy masculinity means to them and by the end of the session, the goal is to have youth feel more empowered and connected to their true selves by taking ownership of their masculinity.
8. Nonviolence: A Lifestyle of Power and Peace
Presented by: Vana Dee Lewis, The Nonviolence Legacy Program &
#W.O.R.T.H.Y Movement / Culture of Peace Alliance

The Nonviolence Workshop is taught in three parts. 


We teach the foundation, the six principles of MLK.



We teach the building blocks of nonviolence, skills and methods of active nonviolence, techniques on how to de-escalate, defuse and respond to conflict without violence. 



We teach what a nonviolent lifestyle is. The historic power of nonviolence; the dynamics of violence vs. nonviolence and tools on nonviolent communication.

9. Understanding Rape Culture and Building a Culture of Consent
Presented by: Beau Finan, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)

There are a lot of misconceptions around the term “rape culture.” What it actually means is that we live in a culture that supports and normalizes rape, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence. This happens in part because ignoring boundaries and consent in non-sexual contexts is also considered acceptable. In this workshop, participants will identify the components of rape culture and examine the way that rape culture manifests in media and culture.  Then we will discuss how to build a culture of consent, and commit to taking actions in our own lives that will prevent sexual assault and violence from being seen as normal.

Workshop Track: Violence Impacting Marginalized Communities
10. Violence in the LGBTQ+ Community
Presented by: Wallace Hudson, one • n • ten
LGBTQ+ youth experience violence in nuanced ways, as compared to their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts. Furthermore, there are unique barriers for LGBTQ+ youth when accessing resources for interpersonal violence. In this presentation, we will review the violence that LGBTQ+ youth face, the resources available to them, and the barriers to these resources.
11. Institutionalized Racism and Its Rippling Effects
Presented by: Nai Smith, Nonviolence Legacy Program &
#W.O.R.T.H.Y Movement / Culture of Peace Alliance

A presentation focused on defining what Institutionalized Racism is, where it came from, what it does and who it affects. In this workshop we will be discussing topics that stem from Institutionalized Racism such as white privilege, colorism, the U.S. Criminal Justice System and our own personal experiences with each one. 

Sharing experiences is not required of participants but is honored and appreciated.

12. Black and Teal: Sexual Violence and the Black Community
Presented by: LaShae Brown, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV)

This training will explore the gaps and challenges that Black survivors of sexual violence may experience when receiving support. During this training, we will analyze the historical context of sexual violence and the Black community, understand barriers to accessing services, briefly describe the #MeToo and its effect on the Black community, and identify some helpful responses and resources for youth responses survivors. There will be polls, discussion questions, and word clouds. There will also be videos.