Training Class Details
Class Title: UndocuJoy: Shifting the Perspective for Undocumented Youth
Class Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Class Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 36
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Yosimar Reyes
Class Description:

UndocuJoy: Shifting the Perspective for Undocumented Youth

From the Children’s Bureau: The immigration and citizenship status of a child in foster care can greatly affect the available permanency options and how a caseworker should approach the process. Various factors in the child's case may require special consideration based on immigration and citizenship status, such as the family's status, culture and language issues, and the applicability of pertinent domestic and international laws.

This workshop will provide opportunities for youth service providers to hear from Yosimar Reyes, on ways to best support immigrant and undocumented youth within different systems of care. As the media focuses on gloom and doom narratives concerning undocumented immigrants in this country Yosimar offers an insightful look at the ways in which undocumented youth are resisting narratives of fear and creating lives that give people hope. In this presentation Reyes explores the ideas of agency and allowing undocumented people to exist beyond narratives of deportations.

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed poet and public speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of "13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World" and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of "10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know."

His first collection of poetry, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly… was self-published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. His work has also been published in various online journals and books including Mariposas: An Anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press), and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press). Reyes was featured in the Documentary, "2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry."

Yosimar is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow as well as the recipient of the Undocupoets Fellowship. Reyes previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the media and culture organization, Define American.He has toured and presented at university campuses across the United States. He is currently working on his one-man show, "Prieto," to premiere in the near future. Reyes holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.