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Venus Rodriguez

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Position In Bay Area Program

Phone: (650) ***-****  HQ Phone
2225 3Rd Street
San Francisco , California 94107
United States

Company Description: Not For Sale creates tools that engage business, government and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable...   more

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Venus ..., 25 Jan 2015 [cached]
Venus Rodriguez
Bay Area Program
Venus has been a nationally recognized youth organizer for over 14 years. She was named a top 25 organizer under 25, working with organizations like PUEBLO, Center for Media Justice, the Center for Young Women's Development and MISSSEY. She has developed and furthered local youth programs like OWWLS, her most recent project, an outreach program to assist young women working and living on the streets. Her award winning service in African-American communities across the Bay Area has included leadership roles in movements such as the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights where she created the Silence the Violence Campaign to bring awareness to all the killings in Oakland. Venus' experience with homelessness as a child has inspired her lifelong campaign to champion the underserved. Her work over the years has included informing national publications, politicians, judges, youth advocates and communities on the rights and issues of young women in the juvenile justice system and underground street economy.
Venus Rodriguez is a youth ..., 10 Jan 2010 [cached]
Venus Rodriguez is a youth organizer and membership coordinator with "Let's Get Free," the youth organizing project of Books Not Bars. Books Not Bars is the statewide campaign working to overhaul California Juvenile Justice, and this year, to close the abusive, costly CYA prisons and replace them with rehabilitation programs that work.
Venus is formerly homeless, 24 years old, and of Puerto Rican descent. She has been working in the non-profit world for the last 5 years and was a Teen Mentor liaison for the YWCA's Come Into the Sun Girls Mentorship program. At 17 she was a communication liaison between Mentors (older white women) and Mentees (Young urban girls of color).
Venus also worked for the SF DA's office Domestic Violence and Rape unit as a teen mentor. She did workshops in youth drug programs and group homes about girls in the Juvenile Justice System and how to love yourself as a young women. She has been the project director of Young Women United for Oakland. From there she was eventually hired as the assistant to the Director at Youth Media Council, a program dedicated to developing youth, particularly youth of color and low-income youth, as media activists and leaders.
Because of her work running the Youth Of Oakland United program at PUEBLO (People United for a Better Oakland), she succeeded in changing the terms of debate around violence and policing in Oakland.
For more information or to attend contact: or call Venus at 510.428.3939 x244.
Contact the Center for Young Womens' Development - Opportunities for High-Risk Young Women, 22 Nov 2012 [cached]
Venus Rodriguez, Program Director
The Center for Young Womens' Development Staff and Board - Those Who Make a Difference in the Lives of Young Women, 7 June 2012 [cached]
Venus Rodriguez Program Director ext. 213
Venus Rodriguez has been a nationally recognized youth organizer for over 10 years and as such is the architect for all of CYWD’s programs. Her award winning service in African-American communities across the Bay Area has included leadership roles in movements such as the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Silence the Violence Campaign. She currently sits on the Youth Advisory Board for the West Oakland Youth Center and is the Regional Leader for Harry Belafonte’s national campaign, The Gathering for Justice. Her work over the years has included informing national publications on the rights and issues of homeless youth.
Prior to becoming the Program Director, Venus worked at the Center for two years as the Sisters Rising Coordinator. In her free time Venus enjoys reading and public speaking.
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Venus Rodriguez | Youth Media Council, Program AssistantVenus Rodriguez is 21 years old and is the program assistant to the Youth Media Council.She was born in Buffalo, New York to a poor working class couple.Prior to working with the Youth Media Council, Venus was the project director of Young Women United for Oakland, an organization run by and for poor and working class young women of color between the ages of 14-20.Venus is a community activist committed to social change.She has worked on campaigns with POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and Books Not Bars, a group of young people fighting to stop Alameda County from building a 500-bed facility to incarcerate youth.
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