Youth Development and Education

Seeding Transformative Youth Development and Education Organizations

Date: 3 Feb – 9 Dec
Time: Varies
Location: Zoom Call

 

Be the Change’s training catalog offers professional development resources designed to support youth practitioners and educators in creating transformative youth-centered learning environments. Our curriculum centers social justice and antiracist practice to strengthen social emotional learning outcomes for youth and adults. 

 

Initiative Overview

Are you looking for ways to support your staff to lead transformative youth development and education experiences? Sign up for one or all of our offerings!

 

  1. The skill building trainings offers emerging staff a foundational understanding of Youth Development and Transformative Social Emotional Learning Frameworks. 
  2. The capacity building cohorts support expanding and bridging staff to design sustainable systems and structures that strengthen programmatic practices.
  3. The Building Intentional Communities Initiative supports programs to shift climate and culture while engaging in a community of practice.

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About The Trainers

Sangita Kumar

Sangita Kumar

Principal & Founder

Sangita Kumar (she/her) is the design architect behind our “Becoming an Antiracist Organization” series. She is a results-based organizational development consultant. Her expert facilitation is dedicated to the empowerment of individuals and our communities. Sangita’s experience over 15+ years includes coaching, professional development, strategic planning, program design, and curriculum development. Sangita holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development, is a Certified Life Coach, and completed a two-year certification in Somatics and Trauma. She is learning to ride her electric bike around Oakland on Ohlone land.

Jae Maldonado

Jae Maldonado

Director of Training and Business Development

Jae Maldonado is a people centric, strategic thinker, with over 15 years of demonstrated success in developing cross-sector programs that advance racial and gender equity. His unique experience as a transmasculine identified Latinx activist has enabled him to lead from the intersections of movements that center the experiences of those most impacted by institutional violence. In his role with Be The Change, Jae continues to draw from his extensive field experience to create spaces for self-care that support change agents with the physical, emotional, and mental strength to realize racial justice. Jae is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. In his free time Jae enjoys walking his dog snoopy and contemplating the revolution.
Fong Marcolongo

Fong Marcolongo

Director of Training and Capacity Building

Fong (she/her/hers) is a bridge-builder, community capacity builder, and youth development advocate dedicated to supporting communities of color to lead their own transformations. Her expertise resides in the design/implementation of experiential human-centered learning, culturally competent youth leadership development, positive youth development trainings, experiential curriculum development and collaborative team management. She specializes in creating interactive visual frameworks for group collaboration and strategic visioning. Fong has over 15 years of working in the non-profit sector. Her passion is to support the youth development and education field to build the capacities of their leaders. Fong received her BS in Political Science and holds a Master’s in Global Affairs. When she is not working, Fong is propagating plants, stumbling on roller skates, and keeping up with her energetic 8-year old while catching moments of joy with her family.

Franklin Hysten

Franklin Hysten

Trainer/Coach

Franklin Hysten (he/him) is committed to creating transformative experiences that strengthen youth and their communities. Drawing on 18 years of experience developing leaders in youth development, philanthropy and government -based organizations, he supports Be the Change Consulting’s organizational consulting portfolio, which includes program design, logic modeling, and strategic planning for organizations state-wide. He also manages the youth development portfolio for high-school aged-youth, with a focus on restorative practices. His strong background in youth development has afforded him the opportunity to train and coach emerging non-profit professionals and share best practices with staff, managers and funders.
Russell G. Jones

Russell G. Jones

Trainer/Coach

Russell G. Jones (he/him) is a youth development expert, equity consultant, and an Audelco, Obie and SAG Award winning actor to boot. He is the founder of BLIND SPOT, a campaign that facilitates cross-cultural dialogue and critical thinking so more of us can recognize and resist both internalized and systemic racial oppression. Most recently he was a series regular opposite Edie Falco in CBS’ Tommy. In his twenty plus years in the NY Tri-State area, he has also served as a director, facilitator, moderator, and teaching artist creating multiple programs, workshops, and curriculum. He was an active member of LAByrinth Theater Company for over 20 years.
Rooben Morgan

Rooben Morgan

Trainer/Coach

Rooben Morgan (he/him) is a seasoned after-school educator, trainer, and coach with a home, jobs, and friends in the Bay Area. He has worked on curriculum building, namely for afterschool spaces to focus on SEL and individualized learning. He is also a fervent advocate of collective bargaining for afterschool staff, so they can rightfully receive appropriate wages, proper training, and fair representation. When not trying to impress no one with his non-existent dancing skills, he can be seen wandering amongst the woods, wearing a contemplative look, just breathing.
Jenjii Hysten

Jenjii Hysten

Trainer/Coach

Jenjii Hysten (she/her) is an advocate, teacher, student, facilitator and a voice for the voiceless. In her 15+ years Jenjii has served as a Program Director, Executive Director, Dean of Students, Curriculum Designer. Jenjii holds a BA in Interdisciplinary-Studies-Urban Economic Development (UCB), is an Ordained Reverend, holds a Compass point ED certificate and is currently pursuing a Certified Life Coach certificate. As a coach Jenjii can quickly assess complex organizational issues and develop creative solutions to problems. She utilizes the power of metaphors and storytelling to connect program challenges to theoretical frameworks. Jenjii is a great cook and enjoys biking, reading and exploring new places with her husband and two sons.
Aminta Steinbach

Aminta Steinbach

Director of Climate , Culture, & Equity

Aminta Steinbach (she/her) infuses her expertise in shaping climate, culture & equity practices across all our offerings at Be the Change, where she’s been a leader for 8+ years. In her previous 20 years working with young people, Aminta has been a Program Coordinator, Youth Leadership Instructor and Program Director. Aminta majored in Community Studies, has studied Recreational Program Design and is a Certified Self Defense Instructor. Her areas of expertise as a capacity builder include Cultural Responsiveness, Health and Safety Awareness and Community Building. Aminta has a black belt in Kung Fu, and when not working you can usually find her kicking and punching her way to a more peaceful world. She lives in Berkeley on Ohlone land.

Lauren Martinez

Lauren Martinez

Manager of Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Initiatives

Lauren Martinez (they/them) makes every event we host pop with music for the movement! As Manager of Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Initiatives, Lauren’s presence makes everything move smoothly and with care. They are currently pursuing both a Master’s of Social Change and Master of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA- known for being the “most progressive school in the United States.” With a background in Education and Youth Development, Lauren is dedicated to standing with people, especially youth of color through spiritual embodiment and a social justice healing lens. They live in Berkeley on Ohlone land.

Makaena Durias

Makaena Durias

Production Engineer + Zoom Host

Makaena (she/they) joins Be The Change Consulting as a part time specialist in technology platforms like ZOOM and Google Apps. In her role, she ensures BTCC client’s have a positive user experience during a training session and supports the needs of clients pre and post session. Her past experiences working at the Kindergarten Readiness Study at Oregon State and with Portland Parks & Recreation have influenced her commitment to working to improve the lives and educational opportunities of youth and individuals in underserved communities. She earned her Bachelor in Spanish and Philosophy from Oregon State University and currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon. She is also an avid writer and singer.

Naima Porter

Naima Porter

Zoom Host

Naima Porter (she/her) is an art student from Los Angeles, California, who has been studying photography at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City for the past two years. After deciding to take a leave of absence from school due to COVID-19, Naima joined with BeThe Change Consulting as a Zoom Host to provide a successful and comfortable learning environment during training sessions. Naima spends most days utilizing her creativity through different art forms, tending to her garden, and spending time with loved ones.

Carlee Adamson

Carlee Adamson

Trainer/Coach

Carlee Adamsons work combines experiences healing her own childhood trauma with 15 years of classroom teaching, facilitating and coaching in Oakland’s public schools.She has trained with Peter Levine, leader in the field of Somatic Psychology, through the Trauma Institute as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and incorporate an understanding of the impact of trauma on the body/ mind/ emotions from this training into my work with educators. She began her my own classroom cultivating practices to support deep listening and identity safety understanding that these are foundational to deep learning. For the past 8 years, Carlee has shared these approaches and practices with organizational leaders, educators, direct service providers, and parents to support them in understanding trauma and its impact on learning and to guide them in building their capacity to create sanctuary spaces for those they serve to heal and learn and grow. 

Carlee partners with a cadre of educators, coaches, and leaders who have engaged the Trauma Literacy framework and embody its principles in their work.

Organizations Trust Us

Hundreds of organizations trust Be the Change to train their teams.

Here are just a few
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Lisette Ostrander

Director of Education at Beyond Differences

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Sarah Wan

Executive Director at CYC

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Priscilla Parchia

Program Manager, Expanded Learning

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Ay'Anna Moody

Director, Social Impact & Generation Thrive

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Rodd Lee

Assistant General Manager, External Affairs

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Erin Gutiérrez

Director of Learning & Development

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Ariana Bayer

Manager of Family Programs

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Pam Connie

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Jill Nielsen

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Felix Caraballo

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P. Marcia Brown

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Deanna Grant-Curtis

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Carla Williams-Namboodiri

Profesora de Inglés y Humanidades, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional Middle School English and Humanities Teacher

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Mei Ann Teo

Assoc Artistic Director, Director of New Work, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

I am the Director of Education for Beyond Differences. I worked with Fong in the late summer/ fall of 2020. Fong coached me as I prepared to launch an educator cohort series in NYC and FL for close to 70 educators. My primary goals were to build an intentional learning community, support Read More

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Lisette Ostrander

Director of Education at Beyond Differences

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

When developing capacity for my team of 100+ staff, Be the Change Consulting is our go-to organization. Whether I need guidance for our newly hired direct service staff or non-profit veterans from our leadership team, I trust in BTCC to offer the groundwork to address all our needs. They Read More

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Sarah Wan

Executive Director at CYC

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

We have been using the Building Intentional Communities Curriculum for a decade now and continue to come back for more curriculum, more PD, and support. We have continued, renewed, and recommended BTCC’s services because they are exactly what our communities need. Thoughtful, communal, Read More

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Priscilla Parchia

Program Manager, Expanded Learning

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

This year we were excited to partner with Be the Change Consulting, Hellman Foundation and the Walter & Elise Haas Senior Fund to launch a virtual training series just as the pandemic hit and the shelter in place order was announced. We wanted to offer relevant and responsive training and Read More

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Ay'Anna Moody

Director, Social Impact & Generation Thrive

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Dynamic…diverse…engaging…extraordinary…innovative…inclusive. Those are just a few terms that describe Be the Change Consulting.

Their team of highly skilled professionals, exceptionally led by Sangita Kumar, assisted BART with extensive outreach and in-depth engagement with Read More

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Rodd Lee

Assistant General Manager, External Affairs

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Be the Change Consulting has been a key partner over the years providing training and support that tends to both content expertise and humanizing processes. The workshops are engaging, thought-provoking, and grounded in the latest academic research, and I most appreciate that their facilitators Read More

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Erin Gutiérrez

Director of Learning & Development

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Participating in Be The Change Consulting’s Antiracism capacity building series has supported tremendous growth for me professionally through the development of an anti-racist perspective and actions, from big picture project goals and assessments all the way down to how our team opens Read More

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Ariana Bayer

Manager of Family Programs

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Excellent and I attend a LOT of these training sessions. Well organized. Clear and courageous content.

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Pam Connie

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

I really appreciated the hands on skills at the end of the session.
Very engaging and extremely informed – presented material in an accessible and interesting manner.

I would recommend at least 3 hours for this training.

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Jill Nielsen

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

It’s a different facilitation style that you have but I can see how it works. It’s a much more human experience, rather than a student teacher discussion. I’m impressed.

Great Job.

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Felix Caraballo

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Thank you for demonstrating your passion: Be The Change; was evident. I appreciate the copy of the PP.

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P. Marcia Brown

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

I love this organization. Their curriculum is some of the best I’ve ever used! Tried and true.

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Deanna Grant-Curtis

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

I adapted the Lemonade activity from your Ice Breakers and Team Builders to Build Social-Emotional Skills for my advisory yesterday. Used the watering pot like a spin the bottle. After saying something they wanted to wash away from the week, they sprinkled water onto the classroom plants. I ❤ Read More

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Carla Williams-Namboodiri

Profesora de Inglés y Humanidades, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional Middle School English and Humanities Teacher

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

I am taking away the way that capitalism and racism are inextricable in causing our micro and macro aggressions against each other. I’m sitting deeply with how the sense of urgency stems from perfectionism and also how it perpetuates how we treat each other as cogs in the wheel instead of Read More

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Mei Ann Teo

Assoc Artistic Director, Director of New Work, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Appreciate y’all Aminta & Thomas! I wish we could combine our collective superpowers in facilitating.

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It was really helpful to have to say the actual words. Because it highlighted an issue that could have easily been glossed over- Thank you group.

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Thank you all for an amazing learning experience.

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Thank you so much. These strategies are really helpful and actionable!!

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What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Thank you for this extremely enriching experience!

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Thank you for a great session. This has been really informative and helpful.

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What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Thanks y’all. I am leading a capacity building cohort of 49 orgs. I am definitely going to share your info with them and explore with the foundation partners funding options for this work. Thank you!!!!! Love all of it 🙂

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What Folx SayWhat folx (people of all genders) say about our work:

Facilitating techniques are great. They are great!

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