2020 CAPA Virtual Summit: Presenters
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Raul M. Herrera

RaulHerreraVice President, AJUPEME USA—Turtle Island

Raul M. Herrera is the California Delegate and Vice President of the Ulama Mesoamerican Hip-Ballgame association known as AJUPEME USA - Turtle Island. AJUPEME (Associacíon Juego De Pelota Mesoamericano) is an international association founded by Reyna Puuc and Armando Osario Uscanga in Mexico that has delegations across Central America, South America, Europe, Canada, and the United States. AJUPEME aims to preserve this four-thousand-year-old native sport in order for the next generations to embrace their culture and ancestral heritage with pride and dignity.

In 2019, AJUPEME was featured on both Telemundo and Despierta America for providing youth workshops, cultural presentations, and pop-up demonstrations on the Introduction to Mesoamerican Hip-Ballgame. Itzpapalotl Mesoamerican Hip Ball Team, based out of the City of San Fernando, is currently the only team in the United States to have all four categories: kids, teens, men, and women teams, which allow us to reach out to people of all ages.

AJUPEME’s interactive demonstrations promote physical fitness and encourage the public to experience ulama for themselves. Mesoamerican music and drums are simultaneously played, as players wear their regalia and are covered in body paint during scrimmages and presentations. The Ulama players represent the cosmic celestial transformation between night and day.

PROJECTS

ALCOPOP-FREE ZONES

Alcopops are heavily flavored, heavily sugared, often high-ABV alcoholic beverages. They are among the most popular first drink for many youth. The Alcopop-Free Zone project used youth representatives to engage the San Rafael Canal community, educate retailers, and get alcopops off of store shelves.


MAT ACCESS
]Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder includes bupernorphine among other medications. It offers the best opportunity for people who use opioids to live long, healthy lives, but only if they have access to it. Geographic, economic, and language barriers further complicate individuals' efforts to obtain this life-saving treatment. The MAT Access Project/Proyecto Latino TAM works to educate the Latinx community of Marin on the dangers of opioids, and promote culturally competent MAT services for those who needs it.


YOUTH ACTION FOR SAFE STORES

Within liquor, grocery, and drug stores, good retail practices can not only make it harder for youth to obtain alcohol, but make youth less interested in drinking. Youth Action for Safe Stores (YASS) develops youth leaders who can evaluate stores' retail practices, engage with business owners, and promote best retail practices throughout San Rafael.

PUBLICATIONS

Alcopops 2020

Others

SRADC BOARD

Don Carney, Director, Marin Youth Court
SRADC President

Nick Moorhatch, Producer, Comcast Cable Access
SRADC Vice President

Adolfo Aguilar, member, Youth For Justice

Marcianna Nosek
, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco.
Larry Merideth, PhD, Director, Marin Health and Human Services

Michael Watenpaugh
, EdD, Superindent, San Rafael City Schools

Kevin Lynch, Director of Juvenile Services Division, County of Marin Probation Department

Elia Manzo, leader, Consejo Restaurativo

Wilibaldo Pulido, owner, La Plaza Market.

Douglas Mundo, Executive Director, Canal Welcome Center.

Mary Joe Williams, CAO, Bay Area Community Resources

Sam Alexander, Pastro, First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael

Intern
Eric Bejarano, student, Sonoma State University

FUNDERS