Director of Training and Technical Assistance
As the Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Adrian Valdivia is in charge of development, marketing, scheduling, facilitation, evaluation, and other aspects of Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) trainings. Adrian also contributes to the development of new and improved training modules and coordinates awareness-to-action workshops with local youth. Adrian also co-facilitates Men Can Stop Rape’s biannual Healthy Masculinity Training Institutes.
Adrian Valdivia has been partnering with Men Can Stop Rape for over 9 years through his work with the Men of Strength (MOST) Club. Adrian was a recipient of MCSR’s Frederick Douglas Award for his work in engaging young men to prevent violence against women.
Before coming to MCSR, Adrian work for 10 years in DC Public Schools, including at Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) where he served as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator, Health Educator, Trainer, Varsity Soccer Coach, Facilitator and supervisor for groups of Peer health educators, and Youth Advocate for Reproductive health in the school system. Adrian was also the school ambassador and representative on issues of youth and health, and has spoken in many conferences and other gatherings in the field.
While at CHEC, Adrian was successful in lowering the teen pregnancy rate from an average of 25 pregnancies per year to an average of 5 or less per year. Of the students he worked with as Peer Health Educators, 95% and 100% avoided pregnancy. Adrian also ensured that 90% of girls involved in the CHEC Soccer Program pursued secondary education and that 60% of them play in Division 2 and Division 3 college soccer teams. He leveraged existing relationships to create partnerships between CHEC and 25 community organizations, including Metro Teen Aids, La Clínica del Pueblo, Planned Parenthood, and the Latin American Youth Center, to secure in-kind services for the student body. Adrian successfully ensured that 50% of CHEC high school students received STD screenings, 90% of students attended reproductive health workshops, and 65% of teachers and administrators received training on engaging youth in reproductive health issues.
In his free time, Adrian is the co-director of the DC Casineros Dance Company, an internationally recognized professional Cuban dance performance company whose goal is to cultivate healthy communities through the art and culture of Cuban dance.