Reflections of the New Years Healing Circle Training hosted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Youth Council in Oklahoma.
The youth leaders who attended this Oklahoma training were excellent in taking on tough conversations following critical questions we asked about their experiences as Native youth. Moreover, the youth who participated were among the tribe’s standout group of young leaders who have shown continued engagement, a strong willingness to learn, and a hunger for more opportunities to empower their communities. They were able to come together to focus on how to become better community organizers by following a proven 10-step methodology for youth success in planning community service projects.
As the training progressed, I noticed how youth who were initially hesitant to share their ideas blossomed into empowered change agents adamant about speaking their voices as key community stakeholders.