Yesenia Delgado Castillo


Yesenia Delgado Castillo has a Ph.D. in Community Social Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Currently, she is the Collective Action and Alliances Manager for the Youth Development Institute. Previously, she worked at the Mental Health and Addiction Services Administration (ASSMCA, by its acronym in Spanish) as manager for the Strategic Prevention Framework Project – Partnership for Success Program. Under her leadership, she held the convention titled, Community Prevention: Innovation and Successful Strategies, where over 40 community coalition organizations were trained following the Strategic Prevention Model.

Yesenia has been a volunteer and mentor in several nonprofit organizations and from 2011 to 2018 she coordinated the Violence Prevention Committee of the Puerto Rico Psychology Association. She previously worked as a teacher and has also worked with diverse populations, including: women survivors of violence, youth, communities in high risk and inmates. She has also presented -at a national and international level- works under different topics, such as: violence prevention, alcohol consumption prevention in minors, community coalitions and sustainability.

The youngest daughter of a farmer and a housekeeper, Yesenia is a faithful believer that “when it comes to vulnerable populations, we must transform words into action and roll up our sleeves” to facilitate processes that transform social conditions and structures. She is also a supporter of critical thinking and believes in the argumentation of the issues that society has normalized.

Yesenia Delgado Castillo is a committed person willing to give the extra mile and has the greatest conviction that changes are in the hands of the people, communities, and in the power of prevention.