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February 5, 2018 | Webinar

Strategies for Centralizing the Voices of Young People of Color in Anti-Violence Work


Alesha Istvan, Lady Anderson

Date Recorded:

February 26th, 2018


It is important to work with and learn from young people of color to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Young people’s unique experiences, needs, and strengths need to be at the center of anti-violence work. The North West Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse and Break the Cycle conducted separate listening sessions with youth of color to hear about their experiences with homelessness and domestic violence. Please join us on a dynamic webinar in which both the NW Network and Break the Cycle will highlight findings from their respective reports. Presenters will explore the impacts of structural racism, the role of family in the lives of young people of color, and the importance of keeping young people’s voices, experiences, and leadership at the center of anti-violence work. Presenters will provide recommendations for service providers and anti-domestic violence programs on how to increase their capacity working with young people. They will also explain the Five Domains of Wellbeing framework and its utility in providing holistic and strength based support to young people.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe ways that structural racism complicates the experiences of homelessness for young people of color

  • Identify the complex roles that families play in young people of color’s lives and experiences of homelessness

  • Explain how to use the Five Domains of Wellbeing Framework to provide holistic support to young people of color

  • Recognize the importance of centering the needs and voices of young people of color in anti-domestic violence work

  • Explain ways you can support youth leadership using a strength-based approach


  • Alesha Istvan, PhD, Senior Director of Program Operations, Break the Cycle

  • Lady Anderson, Community Engagement Advocate, The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse

This webinar is supported by Grant Number 90EV0434-01-00 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.