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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

Meet the Jefa: Leslie Priscilla

Leslie Priscilla is a first generation non-Black Xicana mother to three bicultural children and daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico. She is a descendant of Indigenous Tarahumara / Rarámuri lineage who has resided on occupied Tongva, Acjachemen & Kizh land, also known as Santa Ana in Orange County, CA, all of her life. She identifies as both Mexican-American and a Detribalized Indigenous mujer. Leslie shares her medicine by offering coaching, workshops, support, and advocacy for Latinx/Chicanx families as well as professionals via trainings 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.

Leslie has facilitated in-person groups in both Spanish and English for thousands of parents, teachers, and professionals in schools, transitional homes, teen shelters, hospitals, Wraparound programs, drug rehabilitation centers, and family resource centers throughout Orange County, CA and now world-wide virtually.

Invite Leslie to your speaking engagements and keynote addresses.
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director of community partnerships

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.

Director of Administration

Maria Renee Harrison is an Orange County, CA native living in on unceded Tongva and Acjachemen land known as Santa Ana. Professionally, Maria utilizes her double- Capricorn traits to bring drive, persistence and a focus on success. She has studied as a life coach, hypnotherapist, is a certified Peer Support Specialist, and is passionate about wholistic healing. In particular, she brings her insights from nonviolent communication practice and the enneagram as the primary maps and guides to infuse love and understanding in her personal life and work. “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” -Vincent van Gogh

director of communications

Liz Cabrera is a proud first generation Mexican-American who was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. A loving tia (or titi) of many, Liz is passionate about improving the way friends and family aid in parenting and nurturing children. She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and finding clever ways to get her niece and nephew to eat vegetables and teaching them to book and bake. A storyteller with a degree in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach, she hopes to someday write a Latinx children’s book.

Outreach & Engagement liaison

Danellia Arechiga (she/her) is a Brown, Queer, Unpartnered Parent, Birth Worker, Embodiment Guide, and Multidimensional Artist. She has a decade of experience serving the BIPOC communities located in and around Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA (Tongva land) as a birth and body worker. Danellia’s birth practice specializes in Conscious Childbirth Education, Placenta Encapsulation, and Postpartum Care, specifically, Mexican Traditional Medicine as she supports families through the observation of the cuarentena or “first forty days” of the postpartum period.

Danellia is also a musician and writer and she integrates her musical gifts into all aspects of her personal and professional work. She is committed to holding intentional and brave spaces for families of color to explore all of the complex emotions, challenges, and celebrations that come with birth, postpartum, parenthood, and beyond. Danellia’s passion for radical transparency and intergenerational healing in her own life inspires the folks she works with to continue the cycle of healing in our communities from seed to soil.
Annie Velasco

Junior Assistant

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.

Our previous Interns

In partnership with Cal State Long Beach Department of Family and Consumer Sciences the following interns have supported and learned alongside our programming.
Magaly Malagon
Edith Menchu

There was a señora, we’ll call her Doña Lopez, in the 16-week Reparenting series that I just completed for a long-term community partner. Doña López could WRITE.

In multiple sessions, she would read something she wrote in between our times together. On the final night, which was Tuesday, she asked the group if she could read a four page letter that she had written to her mother, and intended to translate it for her daughter.

She emailed it to me this morning, all four pages and in ink, signed by her. I recorded the audio (without identifiers) and I want to play it for the community with her permission at some point. She mentioned to the group that she had found the letter, but as I heard her read it and as she shed tears (and we all did), I knew they were her words.

They were poetic words, poignant and beautifully painted on the page. I know good writers because I am one (or try hard to be one lol😅)

Randomly, this screen shot from April 2022 came up in my memories on my phone, and it made me think about Doña Lopez, mother of three, immigrant, service worker, healing inner niña, and natural born ESCRITORA.

I felt so proud and honored to be shared her writing. I didn’t even assign a final project! But I did weave in writings throughout that were meant to inspire some kind of creativity.

Access to our artistry is liberatory. We continue to fight systems of oppression so that we can choose art. We deserve access to the parts of our brain that are not survival-ridden. Our comunidad especially is one FULL of brilliant minds. Doña López is just one or them.

Now, go practice resistance by resting in an art practice. Mine is writing and dance.

What is yours? What about your parents?

Remember that I love you. ❤️

#LatinxParenting #EndChanclaCulture #RaisingFutureAncestors #DecolonizeOurFamilias #IJustWantMiGenteToHeal #TheCycleStopsConmigo
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[English Caption in Comments] Comunidad, una de las formas en que podemos honrar a las víctimas de la violencia armada es luchar por el control de armas para que ninguna otra familia o comunidad tenga que pasar por otra tragedia inimaginable.

Nuestra voz es nuestro poder y no podemos darnos el lujo de permanecer en silencio por más tiempo. La violencia armada continúa siendo la principal causa de muerte en los niños y es hora de que le pongamos fin.

La semana pasada hablé con Patricia Paduy-Oliver, quien perdió a su hijo Joaquín en el tiroteo de Parkland y fue una conversación que no olvidaré. Ninguna madre o familia merece perder a su hijo o ser querido por la violencia armada.

Mientras recordamos a Uvalde hoy, únete a nuestra lucha junto con @mamasconpoder y @changetheref para exigir que el Congreso tome medidas contra la violencia armada de una vez por todas.

1. Firme la petición para que el Congreso sepa que es hora de prohibir los rifles de asalto militar AHORA.

2. Manténgase actualizado con @mamasconpoder enviando un mensaje de texto al 747464

3. Visite www.myfirstschoolshooting.org (http://www.myfirstschoolshooting.org/) para leer Mi primer tiroteo en la escuela por Patricia Oliver y @changetheref y envíelo a sus funcionarios electos.

Cambiemos la realidad en la que vivimos y luchemos para asegurar un futuro en el qu
e nuestras familias y comunidades se sientan seguras contra la violencia armada.

#EndGunViolence #ViolenciaDeArmas #GunViolence #ParklandStrong #UvaldeStrong #stonemandouglas #uvalde #uvaldetexas #parklandshooting
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🎨: @tinamariaelena | “Shout out to the mothers who are healing their own childhood trauma.

The mothers who are healing emotionally and spiritually.

The mamas making the effort to break generational curses.

And the mamas who are putting their children’s mental, emotional, and spiritual needs first.

You are Superwoman without the cape, making sure you are raising emotionally intelligent children.

I see you and I honor you.” —Toshia Shaw

P.S. Our Healing the Madre Wound Introductory Workshop: Re-mothering the Latinx/Chicanx Mother is always accepting enrollees! Our workshop will not only support you in healing your Madre Wound, but help you in navigating your relationship with your mom, and setting boundaries when needed so you can thrive in your healing journey.

Remember, when you sign up for ANY of our Escuelita offerings, you get an invitation into our ✨special community✨ with other alumni who have taken the workshop so you can connect & grow with others who are also healing their Madre Wounds.

Visit our Escuelita in our L i n k i n B i o 🔗

www.latinxparenting.org/Escuelita

#LatinxParenting #EndChanclaCulture #RaisingFutureAncestors #DecolonizeOurFamilias #IJustWantMiGenteToHeal #TheCycleStopsConmigo #MadreWound #Mothering
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