Latinx Parenting believes passionately in shifting the paradigm of raising children towards creating a trauma-informed, healing centered, nonviolent and cultural sustaining approach where Latinx familias can nurture connection in their homes and culture in ways that support individual, family and intergenerational collective healing.
Leslie Priscilla is a first generation non-Black Xhicana mother to three biracial children ages 8, 2, and 1. She is a descendant of Indigenous Tarahumara Rarámuri and Spanish lineages who has resided on occupied Tongva and Acjachemen land, also known as Orange County, CA, all of her life. Leslie shares her medicine by offering coaching, workshops, support and advocacy for Latinx/Chicanx families locally, nationally, and internationally both in-person and online via the Latinx Parenting organization. She founded this bilingual organization and movement intentionally rooted in children’s rights, social and racial justice, the individual and collective practice of nonviolence and reparenting, intergenerational and ancestral healing, cultural sustenance, and the active decolonization of oppressive practices in our families.
Formerly an early childhood teacher and 1:1 behavioral coach, Leslie has worked with children and families for over 13 years. She has a dual degree in Child Development & Family Studies as well as Family Life Education from CSULB, and attended the Masters in Social Work program at Cal State Fullerton before pausing to focus on her babies and the Latinx Parenting movement. She is trained as a facilitator in various parent education curricula including Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Parenting, Positive Discipline, Supporting Fatherhood Involvement (SFI), Community Parent Education (C.O.P.E) and others. She has facilitated groups in both Spanish and English for hundreds of parents in schools, transitional homes, teen shelters, drug rehabilitation centers, and family resource centers throughout Orange County, CA.
Over the years, Leslie has long worked within mental health agencies in positions serving as Interim Director of Parent Education for the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Orange County, Youth & Professional Programs Manager for NAMI Orange County, and as a Consultant for the Dads Matter Program of Children’s Bureau.
Community Nurturance Manager
Based in Richmond, Virginia, Aila is a proud Afro-Latina of Dominican and Cuban ancestry. She believes in the potency of movement, words, and storytelling as a tool for healing and facilitates healing circles for women to dance and write their way back home to self. She is also in training to become a certified Womb Sauna Practitioner - calling on the ancestral tradition of yoni steaming. As Latinx Parenting's Community Nurturance Manager, she is passionate about helping to elevate the #EndChanclaCulture movement and shift the paradigm for how we parent our children. She believes that we are our own ancestors and the work that we do in this realm informs how generations after us carry out the traditions, belief systems, and narratives of our bloodlines.
Community Partnership Manager
Karissa is a photographer and doula that is committed to helping families document milestones and their living history. After many years working in education she left the workforce to take on entrepreneurship, developing her hobby of photography and her passion to hold space, to support and nurture mothers professionally as a doula. As the Latinx Parenting Community Partnership Coordinator she supports the professional and social partnerships that bring trainings and workshops to the staff of organizations or social partnerships that have shared vision with the Latinx Parenting movement.
Annalia, or Annie, Velasco (She/Her) is a second- generation Mexican- American born and raised in Santa Ana, CA. Currently a junior in high school, Annie has worked as an assistant for Latinx Parenting since May of 2020. She is also an officer for a few clubs on her school campus rooted in academics, social justice and community service, as well as Model United Nations and Girl Scouts off campus. Once she graduates, Annie plans to study Critical Social Thought and Environmental Science at the collegiate level.
In partnership with Cal State Long Beach Department of Family and Consumer Sciences the following interns have supported and learned alongside our programming.