Jerry Tello

2018 NJJA Wednesday Keynote Speaker

Jerry Tello is a father, grandfather and over the last 40 years has dedicated himself to the prevention and healing of individuals, families, communities and systems by speaking to over half a million people and training 1000’s of facilitators across the nation. Born from a family of Mexican, Texan and Coahuiltecan roots and raised in the south central/Compton areas of Los Angeles, Mr. Tello is considered an international expert in the areas of trauma, healing, men and boys of color, fatherhood, family strengthening, racial justice, racial healing, community peace and mobilization and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues. He is co-founder of the National Compadres Network and presently is Director of Training and Capacity Building. He has authored numerous articles, videos and curricula addressing the issues of Trauma and Culturally based Healing,Fatherhood, Male “Rites of Passage,” relationship and gang violence prevention, racial justice, teen fatherhood, pregnancy prevention, family strengthening, fatherhood literacy and community peace. He served as a principal consultant for Scholastic Books on International Bilingual Literacy curriculum, is the author “ A Fathers Love”, a series of children’s books, co-editor of Family Violence and Men of Color, a series of motivational health and healing CD’s and numerous culturally rooted curricula.

He has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Latina and Lowrider magazines and has received many major awards including in 2016 Maria Shriver’s Annual Advocate for Change award; the 2015 White House Champions of Change award; in 2012 the Presidential Crime Victims Service award, presented by President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno; two California Governor’s Awards and the Ambassador of Peace Award presented by Rotary international.

Finally, in collaboration with the American G.I. Forum, Mr. Tello was part of an effort of providing Domestic Violence awareness, healing and support services to Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf veterans and their spouses. Presently, He continues to serve families and community directly at the Sacred Circles Center in Whittier, California and is a member of the Sacred Circles performance group, a group dedicated to community peace and healing.

He is the proud father of three children ; Marcos, Renee, Emilio and grandfather of Amara and Naiya and Greyson.