How can we facilitate brave spaces for youth where they can communicate and express themselves authentically?

Expression-Driven Teaching: Facilitating Brave Spaces for Youth is a three-part workshop series led by Alliance for Girls member, The Practice Space. In this series, we will learn about Expression-Driven Teaching, a facilitation method for developing the communication skills and inclusive environment necessary to cultivate youth voice and joy, while also creating opportunities to learn from the voices of young people. Expression-Driven Teaching centers storytelling, poetry, and self-advocacy — each of these skills will be explored during the series.

The workshop will include interactive components such as pair sharing, group/individual feedback, and community story circles where participants can share their learnings out loud. Past community story circles have rooted people in fun activities to practice speaking on the spot through meaningful and thoughtful prompts and improv games, while also preparing listeners to build and affirm speakers. All activities are rooted in joy and safety and inspire a feeling of pride, accomplishment, and self-reflection, with discussions about how people see themselves in one another and learn from diverse experiences. 

Our facilitators from The Practice Space include:

  • AnnMarie Baines, Executive Director

  • Diana Medina, Program Coordinator

Specifically, we will:

  • Become familiar with Expression-Driven Teaching, a facilitation method for cultivating and sustaining radically safe environments for youth expression.

  • Practice using the expression modalities of poetry and storytelling to explore identity and process emotions that underpin notions of safety and power. 

  • Access technical assistance to support navigation and implementation of tools and practices.


Virtual Workshop Series Schedule

Tuesday, November 16th

10:00am - 12:00pm

Session 1

Tuesday, November 30th
11:00am - 12:00pm

Session 2

Tuesday, December 14th
11:00am - 12:00pm

Session 3





AnnMarie Baines

Executive Director

The Practice Space


AnnMarie Baines, PhD is the Founder and Executive Director of The Practice Space, a nonprofit that works with people of all ages to build confidence and community through communication skill development, advancing inclusion, developing empathy, and elevating underrepresented voices. She brings 20 years of experience coaching public speaking for youth and adults in West Contra Costa, Boston Public Schools, and San Francisco State University, and taught public speaking as a Lecturer at UC Berkeley. Growing up in West Contra Costa as the daughter of a Filipino immigrant, AnnMarie is deeply dedicated to her community and committed to equity, and is currently a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow. She was a program officer at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, where she applied her expertise in educational research and professional development. She is an experienced professional learning coach, specializing in communications, education, speech and debate, storytelling, youth voice and public speaking. AnnMarie received her PhD in Learning Sciences from University of Washington, teaching credential from Boston Teacher Residency, Master’s in Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Bachelor’s in Political Science from UC Berkeley. 

Diana Medina
Program Director
The Practice Space

Diana Medina is a first-generation Mexican-American poet and educator born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has dedicated her career to being a champion for causes that strengthen, empower, and educate the communities of color. She is trained in transformational coaching, storytelling, stand-up comedy, and improv, all of which she brings infuses into her work and facilitation methods. As the Program Director at The Practice Space, Diana facilitates creative and joyful learning spaces that help people of all ages use their voice and own their stories authentically. She brings 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector where she has worked architecting programs and capacity building initiatives in the areas of criminal justice, youth development, education advocacy, and family engagement. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship. She most recently completed Alegría Magazine’s Publishing Program, which supports up and coming Latinx writers to author their first books. Her debut poetry collection, Healing Out Loud will be released in fall of 2021.


This workshop series is $50 for non-members. For members, the first ticket is free with a promo code and additional tickets are $35 each (30% discount). Email Miari at for the members-only promo code. Not a member? Join us!

This series will be hosted on Zoom. If you have any accommodation needs, please let us know at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. We'll make every effort to provide them.

*“Girls” refers to gender-expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).

Expression-Driven Teaching: Facilitating Brave Spaces for Youth

  • Tuesday Nov 16 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Tuesday Nov 30 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Tuesday Dec 14 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online