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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

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It's always so interesting and a true gift to see what our kids choose to be for Halloween when given total choice over their costumes. 🤩

May we always encourage our children to freely express every aspect of themselves and not project our own old socially-constructed programming about what they “should” do, like, or be in this world. Let's give them the autonomy to decide and embrace the things they show interest in. 🎃 ⁣⁠

And also, let's not forget---it's also up to us to guide children in understanding that **CULTURE IS NOT A COSTUME** so that we can, as a family, be careful and conscious⁣ about the harms of appropriation. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁠

⁣What costumes did your children choose this year? ⁣👻⁠

#Halloween #LatinxParenting #EndChanclaCulture #RaisingFutureAncestors #DecolonizeOurFamilias #IJustWantMiGenteToHeal #thecyclestopsconmigo

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Parents & adults—I know it’s Monday but let’s enjoy some Halloween fun! Give yourselves permission to not take yourselves super seriously today, K?! JUEGA! PLAY! Use this opportunity to let your inner child shine and play, too. Your children will appreciate it far beyond Halloween. 🥰

So, what are you dressing up as today? What about your kids⁉️ 

Happy Halloweeeeen, everyone! 🤩

#Halloween #LatinxParenting #EndChanclaCulture #RaisingFutureAncestors #DecolonizeOurFamilias #IJustWantMiGenteToHeal #TheCycleStopsConmigo

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