Registration & Breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM
Lobby & Room 142

Please arrive between 8:30-9:00 AM to register, fill out stipend paperwork (if applicable), sign up for workshops, and enjoy breakfast.

Opening Session: 
Counter Narratives:
Self-Exploration and Community Healing

Downtown College Prep El Camino Middle School

9:15-11:15 AM
Room 142

Students demonstrate a deep exploration of identity through creative expression, story telling and music. Through the process of awareness building students not only find themselves but find their purpose and connection to society and the world. Students display this sense of mission through agency and community empowerment. Students share there stories as a means to impact those who hear them and can relate. The culmination of the self discovery process serves as a restorative practice that supports students healing development and the healing, development and empowerment of the communities they live in.

About the Presenters: 

LaToya Fernandez was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. LaToya became a resident in San Jose California in 2009 and began her pursuit of community empowerment through her employment at the YMCA Silicon Valley. Upon her involvement with YMCA, LaToya started her career with Rocketship Education initially serving two campuses. Throughout her five-year career at Rocketship LaToya served as an individualized learning specialist and a top performing English Language Arts Teacher with a record breaking 2.2 years of reading growth for primarily English Language learning students thus closing the opportunity gap in her classroom. LaToya operates as a solutions oriented leader and because of her observations of certain community deficits LaToya designed and implemented a social justice based common core aligned curriculum for students in grades k-5, this curriculum built awareness and called upon students to advocate for equity and justice in their neighborhoods. LaToya served local San Jose schools as a Restorative Justice Coordinator supporting students, educators and families with cultural responsiveness, competency and community building. LaToya currently works as the Multi-tiered Student Services Provider at Downtown College Prep. LaToya is the Founder of Queenhype, an empowerment nonprofit for disenfranchised girls.  As a community advocate LaToya is passionate about creating platforms for youth.

My name is Ellis Stephens, I’m a middle school ethnic studies teacher who teaches students about various ethnics groups through identity and personal narratives. I’ve learned that, you can’t learn anyone, any group or any culture unless you learn yourself. I a father of a 7 year old who started the journey to teach two years ago. I choose to teach ethnic studies because it allows me to explore my students and the communities we come from to understand our worthiness and the people around us. 

Moment of Movement & Break

11:15-11:30 AM
Room 142

Before taking a break, join us for a moment of movement.


Youth Prison 2 College Success

Noe Gudiño,
Policy Fellow/Staff Organizer,
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

11:30-12:30 PM
Room 142


About the Presenter:

Noe Gudiño is from Richmond,CA, and currently a senior transfer student at Cal State University East Bay. Recently placed on CSUEB’s Honors List for his academic efforts, Noe also participates in Level 5, a campus organization servicing formerly incarcerated students. Noe is a community advocate with local organizations such as Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE Action), the Safe Return Project, and All of Us or None for major campaigns such as Ban the Box and Bail Reform. Noe recently completed at fellowship with Staying Power as a part of the The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley. 



12:00-12:30 PM

BBQ Buffet lunch served in the 

Lunch provided by Sunrise Cafe.  

Panel Presentations:
Youth Leadership

12:30-1:20 PM
Room 142

Students have always been at the center of the work that we are doing, and that is what built our foundational pillars of LIVE, LEARN, EARN, and THRIVE. This year's focus of THRIVE is not only about sustaining our pathways, but also about preparing our youth to be our next generation of leaders. In this panel, we will explore how our programs are shaping leaders for our future and hear from the leaders themselves! 

Questions for the Panel: 

  • How do you define youth leadership?
  • One example of an opportunity or an experience showcasing youth leadership and the impact it had on your personal experience/agency?
  • How can we equip youth leaders for the future?

Resource Folder:

Panel Presentations:
Building Bridges

Room 142

Share your experience and best practices for creating those partnerships between R4 Consortium members (schools, CBO's, workforce, and industry).  

Questions for the Panel: 

    • How do you identify key partners?
    • What were the key ingredients for the most successful partnership you've experienced?
    • What practices have you put in place to sustain those relationships?

    Resource Folder:

    Panel Presentation: Ready 4 the Future

    Room 142

    With THRIVE as the theme for our final year, this panel will invite our partners to share how they have prepared our R4 youth for success by highlighting an array of techniques used to instill the skills needed to thrive in college and/or career in the 21st Century. Additionally, this panel will emphasize the process(es) used to encourage character development, promote empowerment, and ensure they are ready for the future.

    Questions for the Panel: 

    • Highlight “best practices” used by your agency to develop character and instill 21st Century skills.
    • How have youth been empowered through your programs to be ready 4 the future?  
    • How do you know youth are prepared for the future? 

    Resource Folder:

    Feedback and Closing Session

    3:20-3:30 PM
    Room 142