Youth and Family Empowerment
TAY Marin Radio
Learn about media. Become the media.
Media can be a powerful tool for influence and social change. And never is that more apparent than in today’s media landscape where information meets us from every angle. Media shapes our thoughts and opinions about social issues and serves as a conduit to broader public discourse. Often times, whoever has the microphone has the ability to impart knowledge and sway public opinion.
At the Multicultural Center of Marin, we believe that it is critical that all people participate in shaping the voice of media, most especially our young people. Transitional age youth, those between ages 13 to 23, are at a critical time in their development to adulthood. They see the world from unique perspectives and have experiences that are important to share with our wider community.
That’s why we created TAY Radio (short for “Transitional Age Youth”). This broadcast media experience, transmitted weekly via FM radio and Facebook Live, lets young people learn the art of media while also talking about the issues that are important to them. Through TAY Radio, youth are bringing their concerns to the forefront of the community and influencing public policy through their on-air discussions and interviews.
To learn more, visit the TAY Radio Marin Facebook page.
Boxing and Wellness Club
Build Strength. Improve Health. Gain Confidence.
Boxing isn’t just about beating your opponent. It’s about being fast on your feet, staying focused, and being nimble and resilient. Boxing teaches important psychological skills while also supporting physical and mental health.
We created the Boxing and Wellness Club for young people in our community to help them gain self-confidence, set clear goals, and train their minds and bodies for success.
“I am here. I have a voice. I have something important to say.” This is the essence of what Presente stands for. At the Multicultural Center of Marin, we believe that our young people need to be acknowledged and their voices and perspectives should be lifted up. By engaging the youth of our community, we are laying the groundwork for their engagement with society as they grow and develop.
Our Presente fellowship program provides opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 14 to 21, to develop leadership skills, participate in a variety of outdoor cultural and recreational activities, and explore their individual strengths and possible career paths.
Partners for Success
Working with young people and their families.
Young people, particularly those from immigrant or noncitizen families, are faced with a number of challenges as they seek to find their voice in today’s society. Some may have run-ins with the law and find themselves in the juvenile justice system. There, they are often exposed to social isolation, marginalization, and separation from their families at a time when they need to be surrounded by community the most.
The Multicultural Center of Marin’s Partners for Success initiative mentors youth in conflict. Our program provides guidance to young people involved with the juvenile justice system, helping them build a path of success from the completion of their probation requirements to high school graduation, access to employment opportunities, and college entry. We do this in coordination and collaboration with staff from the Juvenile Division of the Probation Department of Marin and community partners.
A key component to Partners for Success is our parent partner initiative, designed to meet the needs of young people in the context of their homes and families. We educate and empower parents, offering them tools and resources to work effectively with the juvenile detention, mental health, and health care systems. Our efforts are helping to create greater stability and quality of care for families and youth in Marin.
Using the power of restorative justice.
When someone breaks a rule or commits a crime, the questions people often ask are about punishment: Who is responsible? What is the proper retribution for the crime? What judgment should be imposed?
But what if the questions asked were aimed at understanding and healing the underlying causes of violence and harm: Who is hurting? What dynamics are at play that are causing tension and strife? How can we develop empathy and restore relationships between those involved, rather than just administer punishment?
This is what we do through our Consejo initiative. Consejo promotes the use of restorative justice practices in Latino communities, supporting residents of these communities in conducting interventions that promote transformation and healing.
Consejo is also at the forefront of mitigating the school-to-prison pipeline by using restorative practices that keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system. We work closely with the Probation Department of Marin to apply these principles to our work with youth in the Latino community, helping them to become more engaged, wiser, productive members of society.