JF=Juventud FACETA

On January 7 Amigos holds its annual work retreat in which board members, staff, JF members, and volunteers participate. Work plan for the coming year is collectively outlined and agreed upon.

JF presents “Los Invenzivlez” at the MEChA Regional Conference held at Oregon State University on Jan 14.

On January 21 JF participates in Immigrant Action Day at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Amigos’ Entre Dos Mundos Program new session series starts at Springfield High School on January 24.

On January 27, JF members receive first training as research assistants for “Racism Kills” research project at University of Oregon.

A training for Entre Dos Mundos facilitators is held January 28-29 at Amigos.

JF presents to university students on February 2 at a class on “Be the Change” at the University of Oregon. This year JF presented to this class three times, once every school term.

Patricia Cortez, Youth Program Coordinator, attends first in series of “Heart of Facilitation” trainings February 10-12 in Seattle.

JF works at Asian Celebration at Lane County Fairgrounds February 16-20 to earn money for funds to support JF summer activities.

On February 24 and 29 JF members practice at Amigos for the workshop they will present at the Northwest Student Leadership Conference in Portland.

Nine members of JF attend Northwest Student Leadership Conference workshops at Portland State University from March 2-4. JF also presents its own workshop.

Patricia Cortez begins meeting with other local groups on March 8 to plan for JF’s involvement in Day of the Dead celebrations in November.

On March 9-11 Patricia Cortez is in Portland to attend the last of five “Heart of Facilitation” training series sessions.

JF tables at Cesar Chavez Celebration on March 22 at Agnes Stewart Middle School in Springfield.

Meeting is held in Eugene with Planned Parenthood on March 26 to discuss JF providing trainings and collaborations between youth groups.

On March 28 JF members practice for their workshop to be presented at the 2012 PeaceJam in April.

Amigos’ work is presented by Patricia Cortez on April 4 for the First Congregational Church women’s group in Springfield.

JF members attend second training on April 5 for research assistants to work on University of Oregon’s “Racism Kills” project.

On April 4 and 7 JF members practice for their workshop presentation at PeaceJam in April.

JF participates on April 14 in the Wild Salmon Run held in Eugene in support of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and their struggles to have access to traditional land and water rights.

JF members hold a fun sleepover at Whiteaker School in Eugene April 13.

On April 14-15 JF participates in Oregon State University’s PeaceJam in Corvallis. They co-present a workshop with Veterans for Peace. JF members receive scholarships to cover registration fees.

Amigos Entre Dos Mundos Program session in Springfield ends on April 20.

Amigos attends McKenzie River Gathering Foundation social event in Portland on April 21.

JF leads the April 26 Take Back the Night march, a yearly event to bring community awareness to women’s right to be free from violence and abuse, at the University of Oregon.

JF partners with Springfield Public Library in celebrating at the April 28 “Dia del Niño” celebration.

JF continues training May 3 on the University of Oregon “Racism Kills” research project.

JF presents to university students on May 10 at a class on “Be the Change” at the University of Oregon.

Patricia Cortez makes a presentation at a University of Oregon Family and Human Services class about Amigos’ work on May 15.

JF members start preparing to report back to the University of Oregon community on their project “El Racismo Mata,” May 16-24. A short film is created by the youth, to be unveiled May 24.

JF presents information about Amigos and JF’s work to the Migrant Education Program “Family Night” on May 17.

JF members meet McKenzie River Gathering Foundation grant makers at a visit on May18.

On May 19 JF participates in the AIDS Walk, a yearly event to raise community awareness on the state of AIDS.

Patricia Cortez attends May 20 planning meeting/training for this year’s Culture Jam.

JF lends support to the Winnemem Wintu Tribe for their coming up “War Dance Ceremony” on May 21-23.

On May 31 JF reports back to UO community on “Racismo Mata” project. JF video production unveiled at the public presentation.

Amigos’ Entre Dos Mundos Program begins a series of sessions on June 26 at Amigos for Latino families invited through the Migrant Education Program of Lane Educational Service District.

On June 27 and 28 members of JF participate in training at Amigos to facilitate Entre Dos Mundos sessions.

JF members travel to California to attend the riverside June 30-July 1 Balas Chonas Puberty Ceremony, tradition of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe held on sacred ground. JF lends its support to the tribe in their struggle with the U.S. Forest Service to publicly practice their human right to religion in peace and with dignity.

A meeting is held with Migrant Education Program on July 17 to discuss JF assisting with MEP’s summer camp for youth in their program.

Amigos’ Entre Dos Mundos program is the topic of a July 18 presentation by JF youth at the Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies 2012 Summer Training Institute.

JF members run in Eugene on July 19 alongside and in support of runners from the 2012 Peace and Dignity Journey, a long distance Native American spiritual run through North and South America. This year’s Journey is dedicated to bringing awareness of the importance of water to all Mother Earth and Native Communities.

On July 25-27 JF youth lead recreational activities at the Migrant Education Program summer camp and take on the role of Youth Counselors for the youth attending.

JF tables on July 28 at Fiesta Latina, a highly popular Latino celebration held annually in Springfield.

Six youth from JF receive Reiki training from a Reiki master on July 29 in Eugene.

JF members participate in Culture Jam, a gathering of “youth who care about the world and its future" held August 4-11 in Veneta.

The “Money for the Movement” conference with workshops on grass-roots fundraising is held August 10-11 in Oakland, CA. An adult and youth Amigos board member attend with the help of funding by the Grassroots Exchange Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation.

JF members participate in McKenzie River Gathering Foundation’s annual Peace and Pie in the Park celebration, held August 12 in Eugene.

JF member and Lane Community College MEChA leader Jesus Narvaez helps to organize MEChA’s third annual Car Show of low riders, hot rods, and more on August 18 at the LCC campus.

JF members go camping at Honeyman Park in Florence, August 24-25.

On August 29 members of JF complete the demanding Challenge Course at Spenser Butte in Eugene.

A fun overnight sleepover is held by JF at Whiteaker School on September 2, followed by a water rafting trip on the McKenzie River.

Members of JF attend the 2012 Oregon Latino Agenda for Action Summit held at Concordia University in Portland on October 6.

Amigos, a participant in the Lane County Network for Immigrant Integration, is an LCNII representative at the first in a series of meetings, held October 9, to plan the LCNII/Eugene Human Rights Commission jointly-sponsored International Human Rights Day Celebration in December. The theme of the event is “Immigrant Rights=Human Rights!”

JF creates an altar display for the Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead exhibit October 12-November 2 at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, opening October 12 with a fiesta. JF dedicates their altar to the people who lost their lives in the tsunami that struck Japan. Two other JF altars are dedicated to: Cesar Chavez, at the Springfield Public Library, and to those who have died crossing the Mexico/U.S. border, at Downtown Languages.

On October 27 JF makes the lead presentation at the Peace Slam Jam for 8th to 12th graders at the Kelly Middle School in Eugene.

Members of JF are invited to present a workshop on Immigrant Rights Are Human Rights and one on the DREAM Act and the Military at Oregon Student Association's annual Student of Color Conference, held November 16-18 at Oregon State University

JF organizes the annual Posada celebration on December 22 at Amigos. The traditional event is conducted with an immigrant rights theme and also celebrates United Nations International Migrants Day. JF's annual event is highly popular with local area Latino families and children.

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