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Congratulations Expressive Leaders!

  Hello everyone! It’s Cristy, your Program Advisor here at The Practice Space. I wanted to take a moment to say congratulations and celebrate our first Expressive Leaders cohort! By now I am sure you have seen lots of Expressive Leaders posts through our Facebook and Instagram, and it is a dream come true for …

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Out of Place, Where is My Safe Space?

Today we are joined by the incredible Latrinity Gulley. Latrinity is a Richmond Native who graduated from Leadership Public Schools and is currently attending Contra Costa College. Latrinity is very passionate about speaking out and making sure that BIPOC voices are heard along with having a space to feel safe in. She spends time educating …

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The Practice Space at Nite: Confidently Adulting

There is often a preconception that once we become adults we should have everything “held down” and mastered, however this may not always be the case. Even as adults, it is important to have a supportive environment where we can struggle, learn, and grow with our peers.  I had the opportunity to participate in the …

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Welcoming Our Newest Team Member Willie!

We are so excited to have Willie Adams join our team as our first full-time senior staff member! Willie has been an educator for the past 22 years and his background in education, film, music, non-profit leadership, and professional development will be a huge addition to The Practice Space team. Learn a little bit about …

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A Work In Progress: My Journey Around Confidence

Hi everyone! I am Jennifer Quiroz, a summer intern at The Practice Space. I am here to talk about my personal journey around confidence. For as long as I can remember I have always been the shy kid: the one that would turn red when she was called on, the one that would lose her …

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A Message From The Practice Space: Moving Forward

At The Practice Space, we care about keeping you and your children safe. Until the risk from COVID-19 is significantly reduced or eliminated, all of our programs and events will be offered online so you never have to choose between learning and your health. You can assume everything is online until we update you otherwise. …

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Zoom Zone

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Quiroz and I am a Summer Intern at The Practice Space. This is my second instalment of my Fly on The Wall Series. This time I had the honor of observing The Practice Spaces very own Young Speakers Camp. This immersive one week camp was composed of various young …

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Youthful Pioneers

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer Quiroz and I am a new summer intern at The Practice Space! I am a Richmond native that graduated from Leadership Public Schools Richmond and I am currently entering my second year at Berkeley City College! Both of these academic environments have allowed me to practice my leadership and …

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#YourStoriesMatter: Rediscovering Cast Iron

Each of us has a unique voice and perspective to share. Too often, the same voices dominate. At The Practice Space, we aim to help people share their stories and connect with others. That is one reason started this new blog project: #YourStoriesMatter. It enriches each of our lives to hear a diversity of perspectives …

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Youth Leaders Speak Out: A Sneak Peek at Our Upcoming Expressive Leaders Live Event!

“I’ve always been passionate about youth advocacy, and I’ve been involved with a lot of other programs within the community. Just getting to do something like that on my own and carry out a project, that I’ve been passionate about for a while, was exciting for me. I’ve been passionate about learning about public speaking …

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Why We Need Leaders That Listen: A Note From Our Founder

Have you ever wondered what voices aren’t heard? I personally wish more people did. While we hear plenty of viewpoints every day on societal issues, there are always so many more untold stories and so much more diversity in the perspectives we don’t usually hear. Sometimes, this silencing is due to the institutionalized oppression that …

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#YourStoriesMatter: Building A Company to Help Transform the Food System

All of us are likely feeling a sense of loss right now. Since the pandemic, our lives have drastically changed. One thing that seems to cut through this feeling of disconnect, monotony and isolation we might be experiencing is: telling stories. If you’ve participated in a program, lesson or event at The Practice Space then …

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Youth Aloud Podcast S3E3: Journeys of Self-Confidence

In this episode of Youth Aloud, we’re talking about the importance of having a voice. You’ll be hearing from Nancy Correa on sharing her experience in the foster system, students from Davis High School on the urgent need for everyone to have a voice, and Mela Seyoum on why we still need to speak up and …

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The Practice Space Turns 3!

It’s our birthday today! It’s hard to believe we’ve been open now for three years. It feels like just yesterday we were painting our walls, trying to figure out how to make the space feel like home and opening our doors for the very first time. Although we are greatly missing seeing everyone at our …

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Who Else Had a Teacher That Changed Their Life?

Teachers are the backbone of our society, the people who spend the most time with our young people other than parents and guardians. We rely on teachers to care for our children, teach them important skills, nurture and guide them in decision-making. Many people are now recognizing the indispensable work of educators as our schools …

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Staying Connected: Cooking is My Creative Outlet

In case you haven’t seen our earlier “Staying Connected” posts, our team at The Practice Space has shared little ways that we are expressing ourselves at home these days. It’s helped us feel more connected with you all and we really hope you’re enjoying hearing a little more from each of us. Today we hear …

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Volunteers: The Heart of Our Team

Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week everyone! Although we show appreciation for our volunteers throughout the year, we want to take this opportunity to extend our huge gratitude to all the people whose efforts and community care make our work at The Practice Space possible. Community members dedicate hours of time to make sure public speaking …

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Staying Connected: Finding Creativity and Calm

Hello everyone! My name is Mela and I’m an intern for the Practice Space. The past couple of weeks have been stressful and sometimes confusing between figuring out online school and finding ways to cure my boredom. More recently, I decided to restart a hobby that I had been too busy to do before. I’ve …

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Youth Aloud Podcast S3E2: Embracing Sudden Difference

In this episode we’re focusing on differences and how they can both divide and unite us. You’ll be hearing from Lindsey Lam who talks about how she defines difference, and her personal experience with observing differences at school. You’ll also be hearing from Caitlin Healy, the Program Associate at the Practice Space, on how we …

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The Practice Space COVID-19 Compilation of Community Resources

As we enter week 5 of Shelter in Place in the Bay Area, we at The Practice Space are thinking a lot about a few of the things we hold near to our hearts: connection, community and communication. Communication is not just about building skills, but how we live and stay connected. After weeks of …

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Share Your Voice With the World: Storytelling on The Practice Space Blog

Do you have a story you’d like to tell? Is there a particular moment, training, coaching session, summer camp or program at The Practice Space that made an impact on you that you’d like to share? Are you using your voice in new and unexpected ways? Do you want to share an experience you’ve had? …

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Staying Connected: Reading With Amaya

What small steps are you taking to express yourself at home? How are you keeping your spirits up? This week Cristy, our Program Advisor at The Practice Space, answers these questions, and explains why she has enjoyed her quarantine life a little more than she expected. Becoming a mom has been the anchor I didn’t …

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Youth Aloud Podcast S3E1: The Slow Scramble Towards Self-Improvement

In light of COVID-19, we’re taking a step back to reflect and think about what we can still do while in quarantine. In this episode of Youth Aloud, we’ll be focusing on the self improvements and small steps that we can take, even today. You’ll be hearing from the Loma Vista Science Academy Debate Team, …

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Staying Connected: Songs Keep My Spirits Up

As promised, here’s another team member’s response to our question, “What small steps are we taking to express ourselves at home?”  Hello! I’m AnnMarie, Founder of The Practice Space. You have no idea how much I miss teaching our students, it’s like there’s this piece of myself that has nowhere else to go. To keep …

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Staying Connected While Physically Apart

These past couple weeks have been quite a whirlwind! Every day we have new information and big changes and we are now all “sheltering in place”. At The Practice Space, where all of our programming is done in person and often in schools, we are adjusting, like so many, to how we can serve our …

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A Message From The Practice Space: What We’re Doing to Keep Our Community Safe

The Practice Space wants to personally let our community know that your safety, is, and always will be our top priority. We are monitoring the status of news around coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking concerns seriously as a local business. As of now, some of the steps we are taking include: limiting or canceling any …

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An Interview with AnnMarie Baines, Founder of The Practice Space

If you’ve ever been to The Practice Space, or taken part in a workshop or event we’ve led, you have no doubt met AnnMarie. As the Founder and Executive Director of The Practice Space, she plays a role in everything we do. So we thought it would be fun for those of you who don’t …

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Welcoming Our Newest Team Member Nancy!

We are so excited to have Nancy Correa join our team at The Practice Space as our Digital Strategist. We wanted Nancy to get a chance to introduce herself and can’t wait for you all to meet her. ¡Hola! My name is Nancy Correa and I joined The Practice Space as the Digital Strategist in …

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Valentine’s Reflections: Our Voices and Our Passions

For Valentine’s Day, we want to celebrate our community and share a little about why we love what we do here at The Practice Space. We envision a world where diverse communities of youth and adults feel free, cared for, and capable of manifesting their voices in the world.  As The Practice Space continues to …

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The Impact of Fear on Equity

By AnnMarie Baines To be a leader, you have to feel like your voice matters and you have something of value to say and contribute to the world. Unfortunately, we live in a society where many people are taught from an early age that their voice is less important. As a naturally shy student, I …

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