The 2015 Youth & Young Adult Healing Clinic is our first all genders healing clinic and will be held in the Fruitvale district of Oakland on Saturday, Nov 21st. The intention of the YHC is to provide space for youth and young adults to learn about and experience culturally-based, natural, non-industrial forms of healing and health care.
We recognize that trauma, stress and lack of safe spaces severely impact our underserved young people, and traditional healing services like this are rare and desperately needed. We are excited to bring forward our first Healing Clinic for youth & young adults!
Meet the Youth Clinic Organizing Committee
CARLA M. PEREZ from the Healing Clinic Collective Core (Bio found on About page)
SARA FLORES from the Healing Clinic Collective Core (Bio found on About page)
BERENICE DIMAS is a student of the plants, elements, her ancestors, and the mystery of all that guides and protects her. She is recently spending a lot of time learning how to breathe deeply and connect to the messages of her teachers. She shares and manifests the teachings she is gifted through her work in the community as a full spectrum doula, reiki practitioner, health educator, and restorative justice coordinator. Berenice focuses on using indigenous and traditional healing practices to support people in their journey to rebalance and reconnect with themselves as well as everyone around them. You can find out more about Berenice by visiting her website www.berenicedimas.com.
ELLEN CHOY is a member of the Movement Generation collective. Her work centralizes in leading MG’s communications, facilitating workshops and trainings, and working on the national Our Power Campaign with a focus on local connections in Richmond, CA. Ellen is an active member of HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) – an anti-imperialist organization of young Koreans in diaspora in the Bay Area – as well as a community radio producer on APEX Express (KPFA) and a hiphop/soul/funk DJ. Ellen has worked at various youth-led and youth-centered programs in the Bay Area, as well as helped to build a national coalition of young people of color in the US called Youth for Climate Justice.
She’s constantly reclaiming her connection to land, joining the ranks with the DJs of the movement, and staying fly in true West Coast style.
JAZZ HUDSON currently works as Education & Career Coordinator at Youth UpRising in East Oakland. Jazz is an international Poet, Artist, & Educator who serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art. With a holistic approach to content & development, her interdisciplinary work engages audiences in dialogue and activism that extend beyond the page and stage. She is a recent recipient of the 2013 Oakland Indie Social Changemaker Award. Jazz currently resides in Oakland, CA where she serves as a Poet Mentor/resident artist in several Bay Area schools and Organizations including: Dewey High School, Oakland School For The Arts, North Oakland Community Charter School, and Youth Speaks. Jazz leads and design workshops utilizing oral and written tradition as a means of reclaiming and defining self.
JESSICA TOVAR is a staff organizer for the Local Clean Energy Alliance. After growing up in East Los Angeles, Jessica worked for over a decade as an environmental justice organizer in a variety of urban, rural, and indigenous communities throughout California and Arizona. More recently she has been an organizer for Communities for a Better Environment in Richmond, California, where she successfully mobilized against expansion of the Chevron oil refinery. Jessica enjoys comedy, art, traveling, and spending time with family.
JOSE ARREOLA is currently Trainings & Community Relations Manager with Educators for Fair Consideration, an organization that supports undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship. Jose was born in Durango, Mexico and came to the United States when he was four years old. With the unconditional love and support of his family and the guidance of many mentors along the way, Jose went on to study Political Science, History and Ethnic Studies at Santa Clara University — where he received a full scholarship. During his college career, Jose was an outspoken leader on campus around issues of racism, inequality, and oppression. Jose’s work culminated as the Executive Director of the Multicultural Center of Santa Clara University. Upon graduation, Jose was trained as a community organizer for racial and economic justice by the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, CA. As an undocumented immigrant himself, Jose utilizes his experiences to help empower and support other undocumented immigrants across the country.
(Please see the Beloved Community Healing Clinic Page for bio)