Our Programs empower children and youth to use the canvas of their own life experiences, listen to the life lessons of peers and others in their communities, and go through a journey of:
- Self-exploration; the process of becoming whole, healthy and in balance
- Self- reconciliation; of becoming friends with oneself
- Understanding life’s paradoxes; discovering how moments of choice often combine contradictory features or qualities
- Identifying one’s call to action; discovering what one wants to change or create and how
Our work with children is based on the following principles that we hope children imbibe in their lives:
- Appreciating the diversity within self and others
- Saying what they mean. Doing what they say.
- Being wise about the promises they make.
- Keeping promises with care.
- Facing things directly.
- Showing honor. Showing respect. Taking a stand.
- Not trying to be the fastest.
- Working with their greatest obstacle first.
- Pausing and Reflecting before choosing.
- Refraining from outrageous behavior.
- Extracting wisdom from failure can help to decide what the future will look like.
On the other hand, our work in enabling Supportive Adults to respond from a place of authenticity requires them to:
- Acknowledge their strengths
- Accept the vision of what is possible
- Recognize the range of choices and /or paths they perceive
- Validate their sense of self and the willingness to make a choice and accept its consequences
- Nurture their sense of gratitude towards self, life and others
- Cultivate their ability to give intuition its rightful place
- Allow awe, wonder, insight and hope to capture their hearts and minds.
Through the Dreamcatchers Methodology, supportive adults learn to play the following roles in the lives of children:
- Being present in life of a young person as they reclaim their authentic selves; reclaim their life and transform their story.
- Shifting the shape and landscape of young people’s stories by being aware of the latent possibility inherent in each moment
- Bear witness to the efforts of a young person to transform restrictive behaviors, change relationship to circumstances and oneself
- Being open, clear, full and strong hearted to hold stories and silence
- Developing a stance of patience that allows insights to emerge
- Being aware that there are no correct or perfect answers.