4th Annual (Virtual)
Symbiosis Youth Summit

Saturday, February 20, 2021 1-4p

from the comfort of your room on ZOOM.

Leslie Garcia
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers, Ella
Title: Client Support Advocate

Agency: Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments

As a Queer Xicana Feminist, eldest and only daughter of Immigrant parents, community, education, social justice, and advocacy have served to propel Leslie Garcia (she/hers/Ella) forward in her career. She is an Intimate Partner Violence Interventionist and Advocate,  Aspiring Youth Preventionist, and Sex Ed Educator with a concentration in LGBTQ+ QTPOC communities. She is dedicated to ending gender-based violence, and Childhood Sexual Abuse. As a survivor herself, she aims to live her life as authentically, and candidly as possible. 

Leslie graduated from UCSC in 2018 with her double bachelor's in Sociology and Latin American Latino Studies (LALS). In her time at University, she worked with SHOP (Student Health Outreach and Promotion) volunteering with the Condom Co-op all over campus, promoting safer sex, and giving out low to no-cost contraceptives to University Students. Additionally, she worked as an HIV Peer Counselor to promote safe, accessible, and compassionate testing to her peers.  During her time with SHOP, she worked with CARE (Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education) to lead workshops in safer partying and safer sex to Fraternities and Sororities, lending knowledge and access to resources for all. In her later years at UCSC, she continued to work in sex education and prevention on campus, as well as working as a tutor with migrant farmworker families, specifically from the state of Oaxaca in Watsonville. 

After graduating from UCSC, she transitioned to work for SAVE in 2019 as a Client Support Advocate. She is committed to addressing complex intersectionalities for bold, complex, and radical solutions. She is also part of the Equity team at SAVE, dedicated to creating equitable and anti-oppressive systems for a more just and liberated workspace.  As a Bilingual Domestic Violence Advocate and 40-hour California Domestic Violence Counselor Training certified, she works to continuously uplift and empower the voices of Communities of Color in her day-to-day.  You can find her continuing her work and practicing community care on all her social media. 

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Participants will have the chance to attend workshops of their choice during the two breakout sessions. Here is some more information about the workshops and presenters.

Breakout Session 1 
1:35 pm - 2:15 pm
"Cancelled Culture"
by Team STYT
In this workshop we will breakdown how often we see cancel culture in the media today using examples from famous controversies. Not only are the harmful and ineffective impacts of this culture explained, but the workshop also highlights better ways to hold people accountable for their mistakes.
"Healthy Relationships 101"
by Team STYT
In this workshop, you will get an overview of what a healthy relationship is and how to identify one that is not. We will break down warning signs, the Cycle of Violence, and resources that can help you or your friends that are harming/being harmed. 
Breakout Session 2 
2:25 pm - 3:05 pm
In the current Pandemic, self-care is more important than ever. During this presentation, you will learn what is self-care, how to practice self-care, learn some tips from students at Ohlone College, and learn that self-care does not need to be bought.  
Intersectional Youth Activism
by About Face
Speaker Names: Alondra Zamora, Rheagan Crenshaw 
Join About-Face youth media makers Alondra and Rheagan for a dive into intersectionality, story-telling and youth-led activism! In this 40-minute workshop, they'll facilitate discussions and engaging activities that center the voices and experiences of GenZ when it comes to the use of social media for change-making, local activism, and ways to be responsible to our own identity and intersections. GenZ has so many stories to share, so many media platforms at their platform, and are on the frontlines of many social movements today. This will be an opportunity to share, connect, and build community with other committed peers.
Caroline Cardenas
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Title: Mental Health Intern/ Counselor

Agency: Ohlone Health Center
Caroline is currently working on her Masters in Social Work at Campbellsville University and is interning at Ohlone College with the Student Ambassadors and giving Mental Health Counseling to students. She is passionate about mental health and wants to work with incarcerated men and women when she graduates. Her goal after graduating and after the pandemic is to go to Barcelona to see the FCB soccer team play before Messi retires!
Sara Suboh
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Title: Student Wellness Ambassador and Student Navigator

Agency: Ohlone Health Center
Sara is a Business Administration major at Ohlone College and is transferring to a 4-year intuition next fall. Her goal for this year is to promote positive mental health. Sara enjoys volunteering, traveling, photography, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Setareh Tehrani
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Title: Senior Student Wellness Ambassador

Agency: Ohlone Health Center
Setareh immigrated to the U.S. six years ago, not knowing any English. While adapting to her new life was challenging, she is really happy to be in America now. She is a Biology major at Ohlone College and is transferring to a 4-year intuition next fall. Setareh loves to volunteer, spend time with her family, and go to the movie theater.
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Rheagan Crenshaw 
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Title: Girls* Change-Making Task Force Participant

Agency: About Face
I worked with About Face for a series of workshops over the summer. It was an amazing experience. We mainly learned about intersectionality and media. We discussed how intersectionality affects us, the way people around us see us, and how we can use or intersectionalities to help the world around us. We also learned how you can use different types of media to help spread the word about issues in your community. It was very eye-opening, and actually inspired me to speak out about things going on. The conversations held at symbiosis are extremely important because we’re tackling a lot of topics that directly affect the youth in our community. It’s also very helpful that many of the workshops are youth-led so we’re able to all learn together and receive helpful information on how to find ourselves and take on issues around us. 
Alondra Zamora
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Title: Girls* Change-Making Task Force Participant

Agency: About Face
About Face was primary in helping me start my journey of being an activist and speaking up for the issues and inequalities I care about. They taught me the power I have as a young Latina woman and without the program, I wouldn't have been as aware of the influence the media has on our worldview. The conversations at Symbiosis are important to me, as it not only exposes us to different perspectives around issues we as youth care about, but they allow us to have difficult conversations and teach each other about subjects that would otherwise be ignored.
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Alani Lynn Summers
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
The Partnership to End Domestic Violence - Youth Leader
Agency: The Partnership to End Domestic Violence - Orange Day Panel
I’ve been writing since I was in 7th grade, when I first found my passion for poetry. It was a form of healing when I was struggling the most and provided a creative outlet I desperately needed. In 8th grade, I started taking it more seriously and began writing about issues that were more prevalent in society. Writing gave me a sense of power, like I could influence and inspire with just my words. I find inspiration in many aspects of daily life, simple things like boiling tea, and deeper things like human rights protests. Poetry for me is a way to express thoughts and emotions that I find difficult to say normally. I understand that it’s not for everyone but in my opinion, most people just haven’t found the kind of poetry that impacts them. For me, it happened to be spoken word. I love spoken word poetry and the first time I heard it, I knew I loved it. I think everyone needs a form of healing and for me, poetry is how I heal and express myself.
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