The first series of trainings entitled: ¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can—Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence--La Independencia Financiera para Sobrevivientes Latinas de Violencia Doméstica was delivered in 7 states between April 2012 and September 2013. The two-day trainings were attended by about 250 advocates and other service providers from across the country and as far away as Puerto Rico and Guam.
Alianza worked with local and/or state organizations in New Mexico, Washington, California, Florida, Indiana, New York and Colorado who co-hosted the trainings and helped in locating space and promoting the trainings.
During the first day of the workshop, participants learned the basics of Financial Literacy including: household budgeting, how banks and other financial institutions work, opening and balancing a check book, credit basics, personal and business loans, renting or buying a place, and identify theft.
Day two of the training actively engaged the participants in exploring the world of entrepreneurship (How to Start, Finance and Maintain a Business). Participants learned how to do marketing research to determine if there a market for a specific product or service. They reviewed business ownership essentials, including start-up requirements and operations—how to select a business structure, how much money is needed to open the business, what licenses or permits are required, how to balance family and business, how to keep good records, how to protect business assets. Next, the participants learned how to create a marketing plan (selecting marketing strategies and venues). The final session focused on writing a business plan, including developing a long-range vision, setting realistic goals, writing a mission statement, selecting a location, product/service description, hours of operation, management, general operations, and projecting costs.
Alianza also conducted a Financial Independence workshop at the annual conference of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, held in Denver, CO in July 2013.
These trainings were funded by Grant No. 2010-ET-S6-K017 from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women.
The second series of trainings was entitled: Working with Latino Men and Boys to Eradicate Domestic Violence
Alianza, in partnership with the National Compadres Network, organized and conducted five national trainings in various regions of the country, including North Carolina, Illinois, Virginia, California, and Texas. Co-hosting agencies included: North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Alliance of Local Service Organizations and Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (Chicago); Fairfax County Government; East Los Angeles Women's Center, P.E.A.C.E Initiative and the American Indians in Texas.
Approximately 260 participants (women and men) from throughout the country took part in the trainings.
Alianza also conducted a workshop on Working with Men and Boys at the annual conference of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, held in Denver, CO in July 2013.
Participants in these workshops:
- Were able to reflect on the characteristics of men and boys that they grew up with
- Gained an increased understanding of how boys are raised and the effects on their relationship development skills, the way society sees Latino men and boys, and how internalized oppression relates to their behaviors
- Explored aspects of cultural roots and teachings that have been passed on through generations.
- Gained an understanding of issues that Latino men and boys face, the baggage they carry, the gifts they offer
- Gained an appreciation for the diversity of men they will encounter within the Latino population, based on country of origin, language, generation in U.S., citizenship & time in the country as it relates to inclusion of men and boys, in dealing with the issues of domestic violence.
- Gained a grounded basis for the inclusion of men and boys in dealing with issues of domestic violence and learn how to reach out and engage them as advocates
- Gained a greater awareness of practical strategies and practices to engage Latino males and about what tools, interventions, materials and other resources are available.
- Learned about the work of the National Compadres Network and about the importance of living the principles of "El Hombre Noble," modelling desired behaviors and having a place where men can ground themselves—"circulo."
The trainings were funded by Grant Number 2011-TA-AX-K091 from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women and conducted by Maestro Jerry Tello and Dr. Ricardo Carrillo.