Claudia Pineda Reyes is a Mexican American Social Worker from Cicero, IL and Michoacan, Mexico that lives in King County, Washington. She currently works for the local government as a program manager in an initiative to reform youth serving systems, including the legal system. In addition, she trains youth workers to use the arts through the Creative Community Facilitation model with Partners for Youth Empowerment Global.
Previously, she was the lead facilitator for Y-We Lead where she collaborated with around 60 diverse young people in fostering inclusive and healthy community. She also provided technical assistance for a group collaborative in south King County between ethnic specific organizations and the school district. She is nurtured and invigorated by her work, which all fills her broad passions and strengthen her skills.
As a lifelong learner, Claudia has also been a facilitator-in-training for the since 2015 to hold conversations around race and equity for the Center for Equity and Inclusion out of Portland, OR.
Claudia’s formal education includes an undergraduate degree from Cornell College where she double majored in Latin American Studies and Ethnic Studies. She graduated from the graduate Social Work Program at the University of North Dakota. During graduate school, she wrote an academic technical report on serving immigrants to the U.S. from Mexico. She served a term for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in 2007-08 (Sacramento, Blue 5!). She has been a trainer/facilitator for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and a counselor at a domestic violence agency for people who were affected by and perpetrated domestic violence. She also served youth and the community involved with juvenile probation in Santa Fe, NM as a Restorative Justice Facilitator. Claudia has also designed, coordinated, and facilitated a bilingual, 2-day Parent and Youth Connection Seminar (PYCS).
Within the past three years, Claudia participated in the following projects that included expanding her training using the Creative Community Model at Catch the Fire, Confluence (a global facilitation training), supporting (Y-We) Young Women Empowered Write (a summer camp), counseling at Power of Hope (a transformative youth summer camp), facilitating a 40-hr. Restorative Justice Training for a university in New York, and facilitating at a bilingual camp for La Cima where she gave this personal and motivational speech to the community.
Claudia has completed specialized training and has practiced as a facilitator using the following models:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Conflict Resolution
- Community Group Conferencing (a Restorative Justice Model)
- Experiential Learning
- The Creative Community Model
She has also completed training on Dismantling Racism, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning, and Courageous Conversations About Race.
Her work has been most specifically surrounding the following topics:
- Latino families
- Youth Work
- Racial Equity
- Group Facilitation
- Restorative Justice
- Strengths Based Advocacy
This site was created to share educational resources with her colleagues, clients, and the general public.
If you are interestedin contacting Claudia, you may contact her by filling out the form here.