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About Leslie

Our founder

Leslie Priscilla Arreola-Hillenbrand is a first generation non-Black Chicana mother to three bicultural children. 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.

Leslie has facilitated in-person groups in both Spanish and English for thousands of parents, teachers, and professionals in schools, transitional homes, teen shelters, 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 13 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 attempted to absorb and share the 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’s fourth child is her dog Luna Nueva.
Leslie makes Inner Child collages.
Leslie went to Catholic School from K-12.
In a past life, Leslie was probably a jester in the Aztec court.

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)

Our obsession with @encantomovie continues over here at Team Latinx Parenting!⁠

⁠We have so much admiration for this film and the many hidden gems inside. ❤️⁠

One of the discussions we've had was about who the villain is? And for us, it was clear that it was intergenerational trauma, which manifested through Abuela's holding on so tightly in the hopes of controlling the sufferings of the past from repeating themselves. This led to her holding on to everything in life so tightly including the family members whom she loved and intended to protect to a crushingly high set of expectations. ⁠

⁠And if we really think about it, we all do this at some level or another. We all hold on so tightly trying to control outcomes that we lose sight of what is in front of us. We lose sight of the fact that we're here to live and be and love. That's not to say that we don't grow, but that we grow healthily. ⁠

⁠Remember, mi gente, you are the gift! Not who you were supposed to be, not how you were supposed to behave, not what you brought to the table, but YOU. You as you are, are the real gift.⁠



It's time we stop hiding parts of ourselves in the hopes of not disappointing our family and losing the affection of our loved ones, it's time to tear down the roles we picked up in the hopes that fulfilling them will get us the love we need. It's time to see all of ourselves and decide that we are lovable as we are. It's time to heal, mi gente. ⁠

And let's not hold on so tight, yeah? Let's shake "the crushing weight of expectations" and open up some room for joy!⁠

You are healing, you are breaking cycles, and you are beautiful! 🔥⁠

Wanna share? What patterns are you breaking? What roles are you dropping? 👇🏽⁠


#LatinxParenting #EndChanclaCulture #RaisingFutureAncestors #DecolonizeOurFamilias #IJustWantMiGenteToHeal #TheCycleStopsConmigo
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🎨: @sangre_indigena_art⁠

Our Brown Fatherhood series focuses on hearing from Latinx Brown Fathers who are combating machismo by reframing and reimagining masculinity.⁠ They're letting our children see that fathers feel too.⁠

Listening to these beautiful stories warms our hearts and we're so grateful for our guest speakers.⁠

Join us this Saturday at 11 am PST/2 pm EST for this FREE series via zoom. We'll be following each conversation with Q and A with our special guest. One of my all-time heroes and Maestros, author, Papá y Tata, and founder of the National Compadres Network Maestro Jerry Tello @la.cultura.cura!⁠

Link in Bio to RSVP. ❤️⁠


#brownfatherhood #dadgoals #fatherhood #parentinghacks⁠
#LatinxParenting #EndChanclaCulture #RaisingFutureAncestors #DecolonizeOurFamilias #IJustWantMiGenteToHeal #TheCycleStopsConmigo
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Tweet by @nikkicallowayy⁠

I've said this before and I'll say this again.⁠

Normalize love. ⁣⁠

Normalize healthy limits within unconditional acceptance. ⁣⁠

Normalize interdependence.⁣⁠

Normalize being their warmth and their home.⁣⁠

Normalize collectivist values. ⁣⁠

Normalize adult accountability. ⁣⁠

Normalize child honoring as our ancestors did.⁣⁠

Normalize safety.⁣ 💛 ⁣⁣⁠

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My commitment to reflecting, setting new intentions, learning, and shifting towards better practices is consistent and fierce. And honestly, I teach this and am intense about it because it keeps ME accountable to this movement to #endchanclaculture. ⁣⁣⁠


#LatinxParenting #EndChanclaCulture #RaisingFutureAncestors #DecolonizeOurFamilias #IJustWantMiGenteToHeal #TheCycleStopsConmigo #Parenting101 #Latinx
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