april, 2019

2019sun28apr4:00 pmsun5:30 pm"Todd Talks" Community Day, Sunday, April 28th -- With Speaker Gonzalo Rucobo of Bay Area PeacekeepersGuest Speaker Series at The Practice SpaceThe Practice Space, 10261 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530Event Type :Community Day

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We are excited for our inaugural “Todd Talks,” where our board member Todd Groves will select a guest speaker who is deeply devoted to his or her community and works to serve it in important but unconventional ways. As always, this Sunday gathering will be casual and intimate, including an informal chat between Todd and the speaker as well as time for conversation.

We are fortunate to have Gonzalo Rucobo join us at The Practice Space as the first selected speaker. Gonzalo is the founder of Bay Area Peacekeepers, a gang intervention organization based in Richmond, and has won awards from his work in community impact. He will be sharing how he promotes safety in his community and how he draws from personal experience growing up in a gang in Richmond to pursue his work. See a note from Todd below to read more about Gonzalo!

A Note from Todd Groves:
I’ve been blessed with a life rich in people who follow their inner compasses. I’m always inspired by people whose missions find them. People that respond to the oft-heard and seldom-heeded phrase, “someone should do something.” People that work to serve others in important yet unconventional ways.

For my inaugural Todd Talk, I invited Gonzalo Rucobo, founder of Bay Area Peacekeepers, a life-saving violence prevention organization based in Richmond, California. Growing up in Richmond can be tough. Circumstances sometimes make bad choices easier than good. Gonzalo knows the allure that gang and street life have for youth looking to belong. He used to part of it.

When Gonzalo left that world, he dedicated his life to prevent community violence and keep youth from following his former path. Bay Area Peacekeepers has been preventing violence and supporting local youth since 2005.

Gonzalo exemplifies a person of action. He works across the invisible boundaries that local youth navigate, providing support and de-escalating problems. Working across lines of school, home, law enforcement, community and neighborhood, BAP fluidly fills gaps that institutions and traditional services create.

I asked Gonzalo to participate as my first Todd Talk for the broader community to learn from his experience and leadership. Too often, approaches are driven by metrics and models, not real people and their needs. What might change in our community if we followed BAPs intuitive, community-responsive approach?


(Sunday) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


The Practice Space

10261 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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