"Us young people should be at the forefront of immigrant & climate justice. We have the power to defend our families, land and Mother Earth for the generations to come. ¡SI SE PUEDE!”
Our mission is to build power among rural or low-income youth, to respond to and gain control over the social, political, economic, workplace, health, and environmental justice issues that impact their lives.
Our vision is a social environment where youth contributions, dignity, and worth are acknowledged, appreciated, and respected at the local and state level. This vision includes immigrant youth being treated as equals, and not exploited and discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, gender, or immigrant or socioeconomic status.
Our methodology derives from the concept of a trauma-informed approach. This approach realizes the widespread impact of trauma on immigrant youth and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in individuals, families, staff, and others involved with the system; responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization. Our program will implement a trauma-informed approach (distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments) that is designed specifically for immigrant youth to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing through the creation of a safe place, peer support, collaboration and mutuality, adult allyship, empowerment, voice and choice, gender issues and learning ancestral knowledge and practices. From this perspective, we promote the linkage to recovery and resilience for immigrant youth impacted by trauma.