2018 SF Peacemaker Awards

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Taquelia_Washington_WebsiteTaquelia Washington is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a pupil personal services credential. She has extensive experience as an educator and as a mental health practitioner in community mental health settings.

She is the sole proprietor of EmpowerMe! Services. Through this business she provides contracted supervision to aspiring mental health professionals, teaches workshops throughout California, and provides consultation services to help support organizations in developing culturally inclusive and trauma informed systems of care.

Additionally, Ms. Washington is core faculty at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She is an engaging and dynamic speaker who brings all of herself to each of her endeavors. To learn more here about her work, visit: www.empowermeservices.com.

Becoming Beacons of Hope during Times of Inequity and Trauma

Each of us has our own unique inner light.  If we pay close attention to fostering it, we can help to uplift those around us. This light is naturally dimmed as we encounter stressors and traumas in our natural environment, including those that occur on a societal level.

In this context, developing strategies to help our inner light continue to shine becomes crucial, particularly for those of us that strive to have a positive impact on those around us. Taquelia Washington’s empowering keynote will help inspire and inform attendees to do what they can to “shine bright in the face of adversity.”

WORKSHOP: Culture, Power & Privilege: An Intersectional Dialogue
Culture influences everything– from the way one experiences the world to our relationships with colleagues, family and clients. Utilizing a cultural lens metaphor, Taquelia’s workshop will provide participants space to reflect on aspects of cultural privilege and oppression through one’s own unique experience while dialoguing and learning from others. Taquelia’s workshop will provide concrete tips for increasing one’s awareness and connecting more effectively with others in both one’s personal and professional lives.

MCLE: This course is approved by the State Bar of California for 2 MCLE credits for the Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society (provider #9323).

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8SFPA_Shonholtz_Ernest_JonesERNEST “EJ” JONES, MPA
2018 Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award
“EJ” is a native San Franciscan with a deep love for the city. He works as the RAD* Services Director at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. He is helping improve the quality of life for over 500 extremely low-income residents at two public housing sites. EJ’s many roles include overseeing housing rehabilitation, providing culturally responsive services, developing leaders, and empowering residents. >> Learn more about Ernest here.

8SFPA_Sadalla_Leslie_MendezLESLIE MENDEZ
2018 Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award
Leslie, a senior at Mission High School and resident in Bayview-Hunters Point, began her peacemaking work as an 8th grade peer mediator at Horace Mann Middle School. Since then, she has mediated more than 50 cases. She has helped resolve conflicts concerning a wide range of issues, including miscommunications, gossiping, bullying, teacher and student disputes, and name calling. >> Learn more about Leslie here.

8SFPA_CB_Leadership_Sunset_Youth_ServicesSUNSET YOUTH SERVICES
2018 Community Boards Leadership Peacemaker Award
For over 25 years Sunset Youth Services continues to change the lives of youth, young adults, and their families in the Sunset District and across SF. Sunset Youth Services was founded by Dawn Stueckle, Ron Stueckle, and Delvin Mack to provide opportunities for neighborhood youth to prepare them to achieve their highest potential during their teenage years leading into adulthood. Their vision: Help kids find a new path and stay in the community and succeed. >> Learn more about Sunset Youth Services here.