Be sure to download and read this excellent publication from the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute (NLFFI) - Lifting Latinos Up By Their “Rootstraps:” Moving Beyond Trauma Through A Healing‐Informed Framework for Latino Boys and Men. The report emphasizes the need to integrate La Cultura Cura, or cultural-based healing, in efforts to address gang involvement, teen pregnancy, school failure, and poverty within Latino and other communities of color. The Cultura Cura approach involves the restoration of cultural identity as the foundation of well-being for individuals, families, communities, and society through a multi-generational process of learning or remembering the positive values of one's "roots."
- From the introduction:
What We Know
The 16 million Latino children and youth currently in America represent a crucial segment of our country’s future workers, taxpayers, parents, citizens, voters, and leaders (National Council of La Raza, 2010). More than one Latino child in three (35%) is poor, compared to one white child in eight, making them less likely to finish high school, more likely to be poor as young adults, and less likely to be working between the ages of 25 and 29. That Latino teens are currently more than twice as likely to drop out of high school (Chapman et al., 2010), coupled with risk resultant from exposure to protracted poverty, limits the life prospects of high school dropouts. In addition, currently Latinos make up the majority population in juvenile detention centers and prisons. Despite these profound health, educational and socio-‐economic inequities facing Latinos, targeted funding and culturally relevant programming for this significant population is sparse, and is failing to meet its unique needs. Furthermore, any innovation in addressing these disparities requires investments that move beyond merely “trauma-‐informed care” and generic wraparound service systems. In its place would be a “healing-‐informed,” culturally specific approach for service delivery that is rooted in long-‐overlooked indigenous principles and practices, as well as funding that focuses specifically on the needs of Latino boys and men.
- Download the report here.
Read the report online here.
"My work for the past thirty years has convinced me that for healing to occur in Latino communities affected by poverty, crime, and despair," said NLFFI founder Jerry Tello, "men and boys must be reminded to look to their cultural roots."