The Types and Levels of Conflict and De-escalation Techniques

Presented by: Alan Perez and Azul Navarrete-Valera

Youth Advocacy Group Co-Founders & Certified Nonviolence Trainers

Nonviolence Legacy Program / Culture of Peace Alliance

This interactive workshop is based on Kingian Nonviolence. Participants will learn about four types and three levels of conflict (with roleplays) and various ways to de-escalate conflict. We will also be teaching about the neurobiology of anger, including how anger negatively impacts our body and our ability to problem solve and techniques for dealing with anger.


You Are Not Alone

Presented by: Andres Ruiz

Motivational Speaker & Life Coach

I Believe in Myself

Andres will share his personal experience with depression and anxiety as a teenager and how he went through suicidal thoughts and cutting after a break up with his high school girlfriend. Andres will also share how he suppressed his anger and sadness until his mid 20’s and how that led him down the path of alcohol, drugs, gambling and overeating. The presentation will raise awareness about the potential dangers of not being able to manage your emotions in a healthy way. Through simple physical exercises like breathing techniques, mindfulness techniques and brain games, youth will learn how to overcome negative emotions and take responsibility for their own feelings.


Health Equity is Social Equity

Presented by: Jeff Mace and Eliza Yellow Bird, PhD

University of Arizona Health Sciences Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Participants will learn about and reflect on issues surrounding social inequities within the society, and how these barriers impact and reflect upon the healthcare system. Students will participate in exercises that address implicit bias and the societal constructs of social identities, while learning how these topics correlate to the larger systemic inequities within America and discuss how such inequities are seen through the health disparities. Participants will leave the session with greater awareness of their own implicit bias and social identity constructs, as well as resources and pathways for them to address these inequities both at a societal level and in healthcare.


Live the Life You've Yet to Dream

Presented by: John Neyland   

Founder & CEO   

JCN Speaks and John’s Dream Foundation

After a childhood of abuse and a disabling case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, John teaches that what happens to us is not what is most important. How we respond is what matters most. John teaches this through his life process, Collective Momentum, including four pivot points in life: fear, compromise, control, and courage. Workshop participants will determine for themselves: What is most important to them as they look back on their life?  They will imagine that they are at their last four hours of life. What is most important to have occurred? Then John will ask the group to share a difficult situation they have faced. John will work with the group and teach them how to use their “pivot points” to guide them; help them direct their energy toward their Collective Momentum.


How Multigenerational Trauma Impacts School-Aged Youth

Presented by: Monique Landrum and Marissa Bell

Tucson Unified School District, Department of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

This workshop will discuss the connection between multigenerational trauma and the education system. This workshop will discuss the normalization of stereotypes and discriminatory ideologies in school settings. This workshop will explore the impact of discriminatory practices on mental health and the development of identity. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and perspectives through open dialogues, group discussions, and interactive polls.


Addressing Racism: Different Forms, in Systems, and Speaking Up

Presented by: Nai Smith  

University of Arizona Student       

#W.O.R.T.H.Y Movement & Certified Trainer with Nonviolence Legacy Program

This workshop discusses racism, the different forms it takes, and the spaces it occupies, as well as how it affects youth. This workshop will address racism in schools, in our justice system, in our communities, and within ourselves. Also how to make spaces more inclusive without becoming colorblind to these issues. There will be multiple opportunities for youth participants to share their thoughts and experiences regarding all of these issues.



Presented by: Vana Dee Lewis

Founder & Program Coordinator

#W.O.R.T.H.Y Movement / Culture of Peace Alliance


The #WORTHY Self Care Workshop is designed to inform, empower, and protect individuals from stress, being overwhelmed, compassion fatigue, and burnout. The workshop will support individuals to explore boundaries and ways in which to support and protect themselves from vicarious trauma (pandemic trauma) and burnout. This workshop will be interactive and gather information collectively from the students using a Commonalities Activity. #W.O.R.T.H.Y (Working On Respecting The Human You) provides empowerment for today, tomorrow and the future. 


Esperanza Dance Project: Empowerment, Expression & Healing through Art

Presented by: Beth Braun

Artistic Director

Esperanza Dance Project

The Esperanza Dance Project believes in eradicating stigma, secrecy and shame associated with childhood sexual violence. This workshop will be a participatory experience focused on self-expression through writing and movement. Participants will be led through a movement warm-up, followed by a writing experience to generate text to be utilized as inspiration for creating movement. Participants will be encouraged to step outside their comfort-zone and create short movement studies based on their own writing.