Dreamcatchers Principles

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:

  1. Self-exploration; the process of becoming whole, healthy and in balance
  2. Self- reconciliation; of becoming friends with oneself
  3. Understanding life’s paradoxes; discovering how moments of choice often combine contradictory features or qualities
  4. 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:

  1. Appreciating the diversity within self and others
  2. Saying what they mean. Doing what they say.
  3. Being wise about the promises they make.
  4. Keeping promises with care.
  5. Facing things directly.
  6. Showing honor. Showing respect. Taking a stand.
  7. Not trying to be the fastest.
  8. Working with their greatest obstacle first.
  9. Pausing and Reflecting before choosing.
  10. Refraining from outrageous behavior.
  11. 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.