“I liked the Xinachtli program a lot because we shared many beautiful moments. I felt comfortable and very welcome by the facilitators of the program. They were always there to listen to us and were there for us.”
– Iris –
In June 2018, GO Campaign gave a grant to Homies Unidos to support their program for Central American young women in South Los Angeles. Xinachtli is a comprehensive program that encourages students’ academic growth and holistic student development. Homies Unidos works to end violence and promote peace in Central American immigrant communities through violence prevention, the promotion of human rights, and the empowerment of youth and families to achieve their full potential in a just, safe and healthy society in Los Angeles. Their program seeks to address issues of acculturation for newly arrived immigrants and refugees.
Grant funds were used to implement a gender-specific program for Central American young women. The program included a 16-week comprehensive character development curriculum which incorporated four themes: reflection (identities, culture), creation (responsibilities, crisis management), awareness (challenge stereotypes, empower one another), and action (social issues, community service). Session topics included: self-esteem and confidence, drugs and alcohol, relationship and personal boundaries, anger management, violence, community responsibility, and more. For participants, this is a rare opportunity to have a safe space to meet others and to talk about their shared experiences as a newly arrived immigrant; it gives them the chance to feel like they are not alone.
During the duration of the grant, Homies Unidos held a Youth Leadership Training Program to engage in issues of immigrant rights, youth justice, self-improvement, and community advocacy, as well as their 4thannual Central American Youth Leadership Conference attended by 450 students from schools throughout Los Angeles County.