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Youth ALIVE! Training Officer Adrian Sanchez grew up in Salinas, where he witnessed health disparities and violence, and where he developed a strong desire to make a difference in his community. He attended UC Berkeley on a scholarship, and in 2011 he earned his BA in Public Health and Ethnic Studies. After graduation, Adrian worked first at the Greenlining Institute, which strives to eliminate barriers to thriving in communities of color, and then at Oakland’s Urban Strategies Council, where he coordinated their Boys and Men of Color Initiative. The goal of the initiative was to mobilize community and government resources and research to improve all aspects of those vulnerable young lives, from employment to health to safety. At Youth ALIVE!, Adrian is working to share our model for helping wounded youth, particularly male survivors of violence, with communities and organizations nationwide. Some organizations, like those in Boston and Richmond, California, he helps to hone services and outreach. Others, like the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, are different, more challenging, but also more rewarding. A veteran women’s organization, the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society are starting their new work with young men from scratch. It’s Adrian’s job to help them devise and implement a strategy and a program that works and that lasts. From California to Massachusetts to South Dakota, Adrian is helping bring safety, peace and healing.