POLAHS attends annual Teen CPAB Conference

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POLAHS attends annual Teen CPAB Conference

Senior Ashley Langarica and inspirational speaker Oya Thomas.

Senior Ashley Langarica and inspirational speaker Oya Thomas.

Senior Ashley Langarica and inspirational speaker Oya Thomas.

Senior Ashley Langarica and inspirational speaker Oya Thomas.

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On Friday, March 9, Port of Los Angeles High School attended Harbor Area’s Teen Community Police Advisory Board 7th Annual Teen Police Conference at the San Pedro Crowne Plaza Hotel from 9-2 p.m., “Doing the Hard Right, Instead of the Easy Wrong,” which addressed young women’s violence prevention. The event featured guests such as motivational speaker Oya Thomas and experiential mindfulness trainer Zen Michael Dyer.

The conference opened with youth client advocate Jennifer Barbosa and outreach coordinator Alexis Sandoval.

“To increase awareness about teen domestic violence. To offer help to young women who may be in an unhealthy relationship or may be in the future now that dating violence is so normalized on social media,” said Barbosa when discussing the mission of the conference.

Some POLAHS’ students who attended the conference were really interested in the women’s’ discussion on domestic violence such as senior Evalicia Garcia.

“The speakers that talked about domestic violence were really helpful in explaining the different types of violence and how their shelter can help and I found it really interesting,” said Garcia.

The young ladies were then able to have a lesson on personal defense entitled “You are Strong,” by Taryn Roberts and Detective Ria Garcenila. This entailed lessons on kickboxing and defense maneuvers for confronting dangerous dilemmas.

The next presentation, Leadership & Mindfulness  was presented by Dyer, experiential mindfulness trainer who overcame poverty, abandonment, sexual abuse and other violent situations. His mission is to support others and overall help them transform their lives.

Dyer influenced the audience to embrace mindfulness and overcome their limiting beliefs to eventually achieve a successful life.

Thomas, who is an international recording artist and an inspirational teacher influenced the audience to express their most authentic selves.

Thomas was the first teenager to launch, own and operate her own model and talent management company and often incorporates lyrics and spoken words into her presentations.

The speaker shared the self acceptance based acronym with the audience, STAR. Self love, thoughts, authenticity and responsibility which are four concepts she believes are detrimental to achieving self love and self acceptance.

“She talked about how powerful women are and showed that she really knows how to eliminate consciousness and increase positive vibrations in any room,” said senior Ashley Langarica who also attended the conference.

Next year’s conference will be the Harbor Area’s 12th annual Teen CPAB Conference.