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Mendocino College Foster and Kinship Care Education Program will present two workshops for parents.

April 17th from 9:30am-3:30pm:  Gang Awareness for Parents:  Tools & Considerations for working with Gang Affiliated Youth.

     Have you wondered what the red flags of a youth’s potential gang involvement might be?  Why kids join gangs?  This workshop consists of identification, history, an understanding of the gang system itself, current laws and what myths our kids are buying into.  We will also focus on cultural issues, and considerations, as well as tools for working with gang affiliated youth (theory and application exercises will be explored).  Bob will bring his experience working with gang members & former gang members, in and out of prison; a perspective and insight we do not often to get to see.  

April 18th from 10am-4pm:  School and Internet Bullying Prevention and Intervention

    Is your child being bullied at school?  What is “cyber bullying”?  Is your child a bully to other children?  This workshop will focus upon the culture of bullying.  What is the mindset of a bully, what are some bullying techniques used on the playground and how is the internet utilized as a tool to bully others.  Issues such as how the different genders bully and the ages at which bullying occur most frequently will be explored.  Finally, tools as to how do you prevent, or intervene, when your child is at risk of bullying or being bullied?

Both workshops will be held at Quality Inn & Suites, Tradewind, 400 S. Main St., Fort Bragg (Meeting Room).
Speaker will be, youth advocate and counselor, Robert Abbott-Florez M.A. (Bob), who provides direction and leadership for the CEYD program and its youth.  He has more than 15 years experience working with gang youth and serves as a consultant regarding gang related issues to a number of local agencies, incl. the County of Sonoma; Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Petaluma School Districts.  He runs a gang redirect program that includes soft skill development, outdoor wilderness trips, and culture rich activities throughout the North Bay.  He also teaches psychology at Santa Rosa Jr. College and Anger Management in the Sonoma and Marin Juvenile Halls.  He is now working on his doctorate in clinical psychology.

Lunch will be provided for those who Pre-Register; please call 707-468-3168.

Trainings are free and made possible by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office


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