I am a local from the city of Goleta and I attended Dos Pueblos High. I was a young parent straight out of high school and had 3 children. All my kids graduated from Dos Pueblos high and are currently in college.
I left Santa Barbara in 2002 to work in Chicago for 6 years and when I returned in 2008 I was hired as an Outreach coordinator for a non-profit called Collaborative Community Foundation, my job consisted working with at risk youth in gangs. Four months after I started my boss sent me to do AVP.
I learned a lot about myself and finally understood how I was making decisions, after the workshop I was able to apply some of the skills taught in the workshop and I can say that 8 months later I became the Executive Director of the Non-profit.
In 2010 I founded PALABRA a non-profit that serves at-risk youth in the county of Santa Barbara providing Gang Intervention and Prevention programs, also doing gang mediation to minimize violence in the community. I was the first to bring restorative justice to the mediation process working with the gang population in Santa Barbara County. I’ve been involved with Alternatives to Violence Project for the last 4yrs and the last year as an Outreach Coordinator in Santa Barbara where I continue to work with the same population.