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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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