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Partner Spotlight: Claudia Linares, Girasol Counseling

Meet Claudia, a therapist who provides services to Y-WE youth through our Healing Justice Collective! Claudia’s private practice is called Girasol Counseling and she focuses on spiritual healing and advocacy work for communities of color.

“The Only Thing I Have to Do Is Be Myself”

In a society that often discourages taking up space, Y-WE programs encourage young people to be who they are, and that their voices matter. Gabi shares that Y-WE taught her to prioritize her wellness and express herself authentically.

Why Representation is Key for Confidence Building

Shaniah Andal came to Y-WE as an eighth grader and has now participated in several Y-WE programs including our summer intertnship at Marra Farm. By feeling safe, she has built confidence in her voice and leadership during her time at Y-WE.

Partner Spotlight: Mille Byrd, Marriage & Family Therapist

Mille Byrd is one of the therapists actively holding spots for Y-WE youth through our Healing Justice Collective. She has a trauma-informed approach and an extensive background working with domestic violence and sexual exploitation survivors.

What’s the Secret Ingredient for Creative Risk-Taking?

Andrea Martinez is a recent Y-WE graduate and culinary school graduate who stepped into her leadership this summer as a facilitator for Y-WE Create. After learning to take creative risks at Y-WE programs, she wants to teach others to do the same.

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