Join us as we meet online to discuss issues impacting our communities! Find us on Zoom, meet new people, and discover essential resources & information for your community.
Starting second Wednesday each month, we look at different topics with guests from all over the Inland Empire. We focus primarily on Youth Development, Community Engagement, Innovation & Technology, and Economic Development.
All you need to do is find a topic you like and click on the link to register. You will be directed to an online Zoom registration form. Fill in all required fields and click register. You will receive an email containing all information about how to join the live session.
Virtual Cafés were originally created by Jilska Chandrasena, with the idea to bring together youth and people from diverse communities in the Palm Springs Area. After working at a crisis center in Palm Springs, Jilska witnessed the despair and disconnect of youth in the community affected by the pandemic. She connected with other like-minded community leaders to start Virtual Cafés for our community.
As our Virtual Cafés grew, we didn't stay limited by age, and we invite everyone, regardless of age, to come and learn with us.
This week's Virtual Café James Woods. As the founder of the organization "Dat Yoga Dude" James Woods manages his organization with a focus on promoting mental health and wellness.
Esri is a technological company, pioneering ArcGIS - the world's most powerful mapping and analytics software. Our guest, Kymberli Fieux, who is currently working as Senior Account Executive, introduced us to their work and to opprtunities within.
We were happy to welcome Esteban Ortiz, a Community Program Specialist, from the San Bernardino regional office of The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD).
IN this Virtual Café please welcome Juanita Garner, who will tell us more about their Mexican-American traditions, Zubair and Dr. Augustine Kposowa will teach us about Kwanzaa and African traditions, and Lily Khanbegian will help us discover the magic of Armenian Christmas.
In this Café we focused on the future of sustainable communities and how this can be achieved in the Greater Palm Springs. Our speaker, Lauren Bruggemans, the irector of Sustainability and Community Engagement at Visit Greater Palm Springs is perfectly matched to bring knowledge and inspiration into how community partners can work together to build a better future.
Lauren Bruggemans led a workshop about branding and how our approach shifts when creating messages and content for social impact enterprises or social issues.
Every brand needs a story. We learned about the structure of stories and discussed how important tone of voice and branding personas are for building a personal brand.
Zachariah Rabah led a series of focus groups teaching us how data visualization works and how we should disseminate results and apply them in the community development process.
We want our young people to be equipped with valuable and useful skills. That's why we invited CPA and financial advisor, Mark Taylor, to talk about money management, budgeting, debt, investing and tax preparation.
Teacher and community leader Ricky Wright Jr. shared his story about how to give back to your community. After spending years working with youth outside Palm Springs, he decided to come back to help build the next generation of leaders.
We are privileged to have mental health professionals such as Kate Emerson, Maureen Misuraca, and James Brown join our Mental Health themed cafés. Find their Virtual Cafés at our Mental Health Awareness focus page.