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The Road from Home to School and Beyond

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Join us for a two-day youth symposium featuring food, swag, gifts, and exciting keynote speakers!

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The Road from Home to School and Beyond Youth Symposium brings together youth, parents, and community stakeholders to discuss the traumas youth face at home, at school, and in their community, and create an action plan that gives youth the resources that they need to thrive as they move into adulthood.

Hosted in partnership with Jenesse and SLAM, and funded by Cal OES, attendees will hear from youth, parents, and community stakeholders, as we discuss the traumas youth face.

May 21, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. (PST)

Symposium starts at 4 p.m.

The Road from Home to School (Panel)

Karen Earl, Jenesse Center, Inc.

Dr. Angela N. Parker, Jenesse Center, Inc.

Corey Mathews, Community Coalition

Bridging the Gap (Panel)

Parents and teens discuss the challenges they face communicating with each other.

Growing up in South Los Angeles (Panel)

Youth and Young Adults discuss their experiences growing up in South Los Angeles.

Keynote Speakers: Kheris Rodgers, CEO of Flexin In My Complexion, and Dr. Stacy Patton, author of "Spare the Kids"

Dinner, raffle, and swag.

May 22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (PST)

The symposium starts at 9 a.m. Attendees will participate in three Breakout Sessions:

When You Have No Home: Youth and the Trauma of Being Unhoused

Janet Kelly, The Sanctuary of Hope

Lilian Macias, Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

Damaris Macias, Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

Adelene Bertha, Downtown Women's Shelter

Nayoung Kim, Downtown Women's Shelter

Moderator - Dr. Debra Barber

When Home is not Safe: Understanding Trauma in the Home

Dr. Mavis Major

Youth and the Foster Care System

Johna Rivers, Real to Reel Global Youth Film Festival

Dr. Molly Sarubi, Independent Consultant

Angelia Ridgeway, LA County MH

Dr. Bryan Young, LA County MH

Moderator - Michael Browning

What Does it Mean to Defund the Police?

Rev. Dr. James Thomas, NAACP San Fernando Valley

Moderator -

Living in the Shadows: Youth and the Undocumented Experience

Benyamin Chao, California Immigrant Policy Center

Grecia Ramos, MSSW

Growing up LGTBQ in South Los Angeles

Abagail Munoz, youth advocate

Morgan Simon, young adult advocate

Karina Morales, youth advocate

Moderator - Estefania Gonzalez

Seeding Financial Freedom in our Youth

Moses Harris

Art, History, and Gentrification

Brenda Perez, Restorative Justice for the Arts

Youth who have to Navigate Through Safe Spaces

Naomi McSwain, The Wooten Center

Identity Development - Helping Youth Find Their Passion

Raul Flores, ArtworxLA

Recognizing Unfair Biases: Youth Who Are Unfairly Labeled

Marquis Jones

Jaaye Person-Lynn, Esq.

Da'John Harris

Coping with Stress and Abuse

Chelsea McElwee, SLAM/Avalon Carver

Life After High School

John Wilson, West Angeles Church

Parents Coping with Stress and Substance Abuse

Parents learn how to help recognize if their youth are abusing substances to cope with stress and what they can do to intervene.

Helping Parents Prepare their Youth for a Safe Return to School

Parents learn how to help their youth prepare for a safe return to school.

Breakfast, lunch, raffles, swag, spoken word, and musical performances.

Please register by May 18, midnight PST, so that you can receive your swag bag and food vouchers at the pickup site on May 19. Link to the symposium and address to swag bag pick up will be given upon registration.

For more information, contact Angela Parker at

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Kheris Rodgers, CEO of Flexin In My Complexion

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Dr. Stacy Patton, author of "Spare the Kids "

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Adai Lamar, host

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