This past weekend, TJS celebrated the completion of its first 5-week bilingual storytellers training with a group of incredible women. These trauma-informed trainings equip people with lived experiences to tell their stories on multiple advocacy platforms, from focus groups to legislative hearings to rallies. We focus on helping women and survivors of trauma move their stories to a place of healing and eventually tell them to catalyze change. The thing we love most about this training is watching the evolution of each participant's storytelling potential and advocacy power.
Now, how did we manage to bring together multilingual trainers with a variety of expertise and build rapport and community with a class that was half Spanish-speaking and half English-speaking? At the beginning, the community piece especially seemed like quite a challenge. One of our goals is to ensure participants can lean on each other for support, that they feel present to one another's journey and in community with one another.
Here are some tips on how to hold a successful training with two or more languages.
We encourage you to use these tips to make your trainings more accessible to all language speakers. Please keep your eye on our blog for more tips down the road!
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