Ileana Naranjo

Ileana Naranjo is a macro Social Worker with a career focus in youth development. She received her Master in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration. While working towards her Masters in Social Work, she performed a program evaluation for Year Up's Peer Support Program, as well as a school violence threat assessment and intervention in Eureka City Schools. During her MSW internship at SISGI, Ileana focused on providing research for SISGI’s Alliance for Positive Youth Development network. She became interested in youth development while working as a teacher assistant for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Following her teaching assistant job, she became an AmeriCorps Mentor, where she mentored at-risk youth in the Baldwin Hills district of Los Angeles, California. While working to complete her B.A. in Religious Studies, she continued to mentor youth in LAUSD’s Juvenile Delinquency Program; a program aimed to help get students that have been incarcerated back on track with graduating High School and preparing them for college and careers. Ileana’s passion and focus are to ensure that schools and communities have youth programs that enhance the strengths of youth, and that help develop social, emotional, and cognitive competencies.

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#APYDCHAT: Ending Youth Homelessness

Approximately 4.2 million youth in America are experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately, being homeless is something that is not always visible to the public eye. Homeless youth, in particular, are a hidden population that often couch-surf with friends, and are left out of most Point-in-Time counts. Still, current data indicate that youth homelessness is on the rise. From …

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#APYDCON 2017: Youth Activism and Social Change

In 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy in education for girls in Pakistan and around the world. Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is the youth director of Earth Guardians and is at the frontline of climate change activism. Malala and Roske-Martinez are two of many youth activists who …

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Improving Student Behavior Through Engagement

Have you ever been in a long meeting, training, or school lecture, and found yourself falling asleep, or having your mind wander? If so, this most likely happens because the event is boring, and there is a disengagement between you and what is being presented. Similarly, students can find their classrooms boring and feel unmotivated …

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Breaking the Bonds: Moving Away from Zero-Tolerance Policies

Many of us probably grew up witnessing classmates being sent to detention, and some of us might even have feared being sent ourselves. Although our fear of detention was mostly due to the fear of getting in trouble with our parents, we were also aware that detention was a few steps away from being expelled …

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