Date and Time:                 October 3, 2017, 1-4 PM

Title:                                  Acting as a White Ally to Clients, Colleagues & Communities of Color

Trainer:                              Jon Gilgoff

Location:                          Training Center, 3800 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA 94602

Training Description

White youth work staff aiming to serve as allies to youth, families, co-workers and communities of color require a high level of awareness to act with cultural responsiveness and humility.  Integrating cultural knowledge and activities into one’s practice and agency programming, without it being insensitive or an appropriation, is an ability that needs on-going attention.  Join us at this engaging workshop where we will explore what it means to be a white ally within our work.  Whether you identify as white yourself, work with white colleagues or simply wish to add to this valuable dialogue, all interested youth work staff or volunteers are encouraged to attend.        

Learning Objectives

1.       To establish the need for white allies based on race privilege and oppression

a.       Explore privilege and oppression generally

b.       Apply how these dynamics play out within youth work

2.       To identify what it means to be a white ally working within communities of color  

a.       Share our own definitions   

b.       Examine definitions and examples from the field      

3.       To review ways to act as a white ally with youth clients of color, families and communities    

a.       Identify proactive ways to foster this identity through your work 

b.       Discuss challenges that emerge in this process and constructive ways to handle them

4.       To review ways to act as a white ally with colleagues and to foster ally-ship within organizations

a.    Identify ways to act in ally-ship with co-workers, supervisors and supervisees

b.    Discuss challenges that emerge in this process and constructive ways to handle them       

Meet Our Trainer

Jon Gilgoff, L.C.S.W., is founder and former Executive Director of Brothers on the Rise (BOTR), a direct service and systems change organization working with male youth of color and providing community capacity building for Bay Area schools and agencies.  Jon holds his B.A. from Tufts and M.S.W. from Columbia University. Areas of focus include youth development and empowerment, communication and conflict resolution, culturally-based practice and anti-bias work, and gender-responsive work with urban males of color.  He is a bilingual Spanish speaker, a published writer of articles and poetry, and former Progressive Jewish Alliance and LeaderSpring Fellow.  He is currently a member of Lead East Bay, working on a political campaign, and providing workshops and technical assistance for Bay Area agencies.  Jon has been designing, delivering, directing, training and consulting on youth programming for over twenty years.


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