We have discovered that trauma healing is one of the most important pieces when working with youth of color. At a young age, our youth are exposed to trauma and violence. That trauma is often internalized shaping who they are and how they act in different spaces.
Often times, youth of color are pushed into seeking culturally irrelevant forms of treatment such as speaking to a psychiatrist. This can be a very uncomfortable situation because the approach and models used are disconnected with youth lived realities and their intergenerational traumas. Their solutions a lot of times revolve around self medicating or a treatment that is inaccessible/unrealistic.
As an alternative, 67 Sueños immerse youth in a holistic trauma healing experience. Our youth learn about the systems of oppression that exist in their lives, then they collectively dismantle the systemic traumas and acknowledge the similarities and differences that exist between their peers, and ultimately the youth are re-connected to their traditional indigenous healing practices such as: healing circles with copal, comida sagrada, musica terapia/drumming circles, sweat lodges, sunrise ceremonies, de-colonial political education workshops around natural tea and herb blends, poetry writing as a step to heal their minds, hearts, and bodies.
We work intentionally to create a safe and healing journey for our youth where they adopt various tools, skills, and knowledge, selecting the best fitting for them to build habits of self-care and community love.