Session 3 of Aging Out or Growing Together?: Elevating Culturally Affirming and Sustaining Services and Practices in Youth Service Agencies


10:00 am - 11:15 am PT

Session 3 of 5 in the "Aging Out or Growing Together?" Series (view series page for full details)

Aging Out or Growing Together?
Flipping the Youth Services Paradigm to Better Support Young Adulthood

March 29, 2023Elevating Culturally Affirming and Sustaining Services and Practices in Youth Service Agencies


This five-part learning series is an open forum and discussion group for agencies and individuals that serve transition-aged youth and young adults. We will examine how our collective organizational values, implementation strategies, program design, and goals might expand to support the evolving, holistic needs of this age group.

Join us for a panel discussion session on November 30th as we kick off this series that will bring together a diverse mix of youth-serving organizations to learn from each other's work and uplift the complex and comprehensive needs of transition aged youth.

We will explore the creative ways youth-serving organizations are adjusting to best support them. Beyond exploring barriers to meaningful engagement and service provision, this generative space will also unpack culturally and developmentally appropriate models that support young adults in attaining wellness and self-actualization through guided conversation and promising-practice spotlights.


Series Learning Objectives

  1. Consider the unique experiences and developmental needs of transition-aged youth
  2. Build an understanding of brain science and culturally sustaining practices that strengthens service provision for transition-aged youth
  3. Expand organizational capacity to address priority topics, including but not limited to meaningful program engagement, teaming, healthy boundary setting, and accountability


Audience: All community-based organizations and institutions that support the mental health and wellness of transition-aged youth. 


Series Sequence: from 10:00-11:15 am PT on the last Wednesday of every other month


We welcome you to join in listening, learning and dialogue for this session, starting with a presentation panel of representatives with three youth serving organizations and hear from all voices in the space.




Dana Lucio


Dana Lucio is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and Certified Anger Management Counselor (CAMC).  Dana is currently serving at the Behavioral Health Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor at Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE) in Hawaii. Dana uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach when working in the community with a customized tactic that ensures each client’s unique needs are being met.  With behavioral focused therapy techniques, Dana can help her clients to develop the necessary skills needed for behavioral change.  Dana has served a diverse community throughout her career and enjoys working with young adult experiencing homelessness on Oahu. 



Patrick CamangianPatrick Camangian, PhD

Patrick Camangian is a former English teacher in Los Angeles and Oakland and a professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco. Patrick’s interdisciplinary research on humanizing education intersects radical democratic analysis, critical pedagogy, and health science research. Patrick pursues these areas of research to improve teacher quality, capacity, and retention, as well as to inform policies and practices impacting urban schools and communities.



Ricardo Garcia-AcostaRicardo Garcia-Acosta

Ricardo Garcia-Acosta serves as the Director of Community Peace with CURYJ (Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice) as well as the movement to “Dream Beyond Bars”, while continuing to work on a broad spectrum of projects focused on Training & Capacity Building among Frontline Intervention Providers throughout the Bay Area. He has worked with high-risk, systems-impacted youth and young adults for the past 20 years. He is a thought leader on Crisis Response and Community Intervention Strategies as well as Care Management frameworks rooted in traditional healing practices, that seek to reduce gun violence and build community peace. His passion for collective healing, self-determination and community empowerment, continue to guide his commitment to build systems that best support youth and families impacted by violence.




Oriana Ides, MA, APCC, PPS

Oriana Ides is a School Mental Health Training Specialist at CARS (the Center for Applied Research Solutions) and approaches healing the wounds of trauma and oppression as core elements of social justice. She has worked with young people across the life course from elementary school to college, and has served as teacher-leader, school counselor, classroom educator and program director. She is committed to generating equity within school structures and policies by focusing on evidence-based mental health techniques and institutional design.


Visit the main page for more information on this series.


Starts: Mar 29, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Mar 29, 2023 11:15 am
Registration Deadline
March 29, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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