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About Leslie

Our founder

Leslie Priscilla is a first generation non-Black Xicana mother to three bicultural children. 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 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.

Leslie has been working on laying down the roots of her vision for well beyond the 15 years since she began working with children and families. Her love of her culture and her people began in childhood, and though her insights, wisdom, and knowledge base are not limited to the education and experience listed below, she has consistently set the intention to absorb and share both ancestral and academic knowledge that will nurture and nourish the wellness of families and communities for generations to come. Above all, and just like you, Leslie is a forever student of life who is always reflecting, learning, and growing in order to become the highest and most evolved version of herself (her Future Abuelita Self) for the benefit of the collective and the planet.

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FUN FACTS

Leslie’s fourth child is her dog Luna Nueva.
Leslie does not know how to twerk so please don’t ask.
Leslie is an apprentice of Curanderismo under her Maestr@s. 
Leslie makes Inner Child collages.
Leslie went to Catholic School from K-12.
Leslie is a Virgo Sun, Aries Moon, and Sagittarius Rising.

Professional Experience:

  • Former Programs Intern, Friendly Center, Orange
  • Former Early Childhood (Preschool) Teacher 
  • Former School District 1:1 Behavioral Coach for Preschool & Elementary-aged Children
  • Former Parent Educator, Community Partnership Coordinator, & Interim Director for the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center (now the Priority Center)
  • Former Manager of Youth & Professional Programs NAMI Orange County
  • Consultant & Lead Facilitator for the Dads Matter Program, Children’s Bureau Orange County

Certifications:

  • Child Development Master Teacher Certification (California)
  • Certified Family Life Educator, National Council on Family Relations
  • Positive Discipline Association Certification
  • Community Parent Education (C.O.P.E.) Certification
  • Supporting Fatherhood Involvement Certification (SFI)
  • NAMI Provider Education, NAMI Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies Certifications
  • Compartiendo Esperanza Certification
  • Seeking Safety Certification
  • Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Parenting Certification

Education:

  • A.A. Early Childhood Education (Orange Coast College)
  • B.A. Child Development & Family Studies (CSU Long Beach)
  • B.A. Family Life Education (CSU Long Beach)
  • Masters in Social Work (On hold, CSU Fullerton)

BOARD MEMBER:

🎨: @beverlylove

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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