With each 12-week course offered at Denver Healing Generations, Jojo Padilla and John Perez are working to build a generation of successful young men and women.
“The work we do is rooted in the mission of reconnecting Chicano, Chicana, Latino, Latina, Native, all people of color, to indigenous teachings of healing, community, and perseverance,” said Program Manager Perez. “We do that through the ‘la cultura cura’ framework which literally translates to ‘culture cures.’ What we’re really intentional about is providing conscious programming like our ‘joven noble,’ noble youth or young men, like our ‘girasol’ program for young women and femme-identifying young women.”
At its core, Denver Healing Generations addresses deep-rooted issues.
“What we started noticing was systemic racism that we have inflicted over time was really affecting our youth and their ability to live their sacred purpose,” said Padilla, director of the program. “So, …