258729 Warriors for Peace: Resilient Young Men and educating peers and their communities

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 8:55 AM - 9:15 AM

David Pheng, Community Health Adovcate , Youth Program, Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA
Mike Tran, Youth Counselor , The Spot, Oakland, CA
Geoffrey Dang, Student at Laney College , Warriors for Peace and Oakland Youth Empowering Advocates, Oakland, CA
In Alameda county, youth in Oakland face numerous issues that have effects on their health. In a recent news article, Alameda county was ranked second in California for the highest rates of murders of youth.

Concerned about their communities, young men of color came together to respond and tell a different story of Oakland. Through video recording and learning counseling and coping skills, the young men of various ethnicities showcase their resiliency as “Warriors for Peace.” The Spot's “Warriors for Peace” is an after-school program that provides a creative outlet for learning video editing skills. More importantly, the program provides a place of peer education for the young men to teach other men their resiliency skills.

The presentation will revolve around their videos and their emotional growth as young leaders in the community. The program is a positive representation of how youth can transform themselves and their peers in Oakland. The transformation is also felt with the facilitators and counselors involved as they grow and learn from the resilient young men.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify positive emotional and coping skills that can be used for youth. 2) Describe how peer education is needed and a powerful tool in creating change for youth. 3) Describe how technology can be used to promote health and and change amongst youth. 4) Provide 2 ways that the audience can help in providing positive supports for programs like the “Warriors of Peace” in their neighborhoods

Keywords: Peer Education, Video

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Youth Counselor of the Spot and the Warriors for Peace
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
The Spot n/a Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.