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Venus Rodriguez

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Youth Advisory Board

West Oakland Youth Center

Employment History

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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.
Contact the Center for Young Womens' Development - Opportunities for High-Risk Young Women, 22 Nov 2012 [cached]
Venus Rodriguez, Program Director
We INTERRUPT This Message, 22 Feb 2004 [cached]
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.
Venus Rodriguez - Sisters ..., 16 June 2009 [cached]
Venus Rodriguez - Sisters Rising Program Coordinator Formerly homeless, Venus Rodriguez has been working in the non-profit sector in Oakland and San Francisco for over eight years. In 2002 she worked with Youth of Oakland United at PUEBLO (People United for a Better Oakland) and most recently helped create "Silence the Violence," a peace movement dedicated toward young people in Oakland encouraging them to vocalize their desire for peace.
"Young women have very different issues ..., 16 June 2011 [cached]
"Young women have very different issues than boys," says Venus Rodriguez, CYWD's program director. CYWD's core programs are targeted toward young women age 16-24 who participate in the underground street economy or have been in the juvenile or adult judicial systems. Their core programs are designed to develop young women into "peer models"-young leaders who can serve as examples to other girls in the center. CYWD gives incentives for participating in their programs, and gives young mothers childcare, parenting classes and meals to help them transition into the community. A big component of their work is their political education program, which "is almost like a re-education. They come in with all kinds of stereotypes and we use culture-shares to break them. Because there are so many bigger interests along the school-to-prison pipeline and the incarceration system, Rodriguez points out that it's necessary to educate girls about alternatives, and about how to navigate life in their communities.
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