SUMMER PROGRAMMING BEGINS ON THURSDAY, JUNE 19TH. SPACES ARE LIMITED.
Mayahuel is a gender responsive and culturally relevant program for young women ages 13‐19 that acknowledges diversity while working toward resiliency. The aim of the program is to build a community of empowered young women by providing a safe space, free of negative judgment where life’s challenges, opportunities and options can be explored in an open and proactive environment.
Mayahuel workshops incorporate cultural and creative activities that strengthen young women’s sense of cultural identity, develop a space where young women are able to rely on peer support and mentorship, and provide opportunities for young women to see themselves beyond the expectations of their gender.
Mayahuel was created by Rosanna Alvarez, Ana Lilia Soto, and Marlene Chavez, co-founders of the Andariega Collective, a grassroots women-led group that aims to support women and youth towards actualizing their potential and personal power through a gender-responsive, culturally informed space that cultivates resiliency through advocacy, cultural values, and identity development.
The program is enhanced by creative collaboration with Yolanda Castro and Laura Castro of Kalpulli Izkalli, who share a longstanding history of service to the community in the Bay Area and currently run a program for young women at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.
The Andariega Collective launched Mayahuel: A Young Women's Resiliency Program, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy, in the Summer of 2013. The program continues to thrive and is currently seeking referrals for Summer 2014.