Amanecer was created to address an increasing need for affordable, bilingual, and culturally appropriate therapy for uninsured first and second generation immigrants and asylumseekers from Latin America. Many of these youth have experienced intense
trauma or deal with the after-effects of trauma faced by family members. These youth also face acculturation issues within their families.
Immigrant youth are often put into positions of translating for their parents, navigating complex social institutions on behalf of their families, assisting with care-taking of younger siblings, and struggling to stay in school despite the need to earn additional income.
We focus specifically on issues of trauma, acculturation, and resiliency in immigrant youth. We meet our clients where they are – in their schools and homes. All clients begin in group therapy at local partner charter schools where they receive positive peer support and psychoeduction about acculturation and trauma recovery.
Youth also explore ways to creatively and appropriately express their emotions and experiences, such as art, music, movement, storytelling, and creative writing.
Youth who need additional or more intensive support will be provided individual and/or family therapy services in their homes.
Through in-home family therapy, youth and their families will learn positive communication skills, strengthen family support, and understand and combat the negative effects of trauma on families. We currently rely on a small team of dedicated volunteers. As such, we are not able to accept outside referrals at this time.
Amanecer relies entirely upon a small group of dedicated volunteers. Here is how you can help:
Our bilingual therapists donate one or more hours per month, providing services in schools or homes. We offer 6 groups per week in local charter schools, and we offer individual and family therapy for clients who need more intensive support. Since our clients are all first and second generation immigrants from Latin American countries, therapist volunteers should have the ability to speak and understand Spanish.
Our therapist volunteers are offered free CEU trainings, free group supervision, and the opportunity to be part of a creative movement in strengths-based mental health services.
Artists, Musicians, Storytellers, Dancers, and Yoga Teachers
We love to offer our young clients new ways to express their emotions and tell their stories. Volunteers with creative backgrounds are invited to offer mini-workshops to our clients. We can help with translation if needed.
Grant Writers and Fundraisers
Even with a volunteer workforce, program costs add up, and we always welcome help in raising funds for program supplies and operational expenses like art supplies, files and file cabinets, gas costs for volunteers to deliver services in homes, postage for thank you letters for donors, liability insurance, trainings, and background checks for volunteers. Join our team with your grant-writing and fundraising skills and make a difference in the lives of young people in our community!
To join our team, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is what your monetary donation to Amanecer will support:
$7 provides a therapy journal for a young client
$50 provides supplies for a month of art therapy groups
$150 provides youth with a workshop on creative expression for trauma recovery
$200 provides a month of licensed supervision for volunteer therapists
We are also in need of the following inkind donations:
Art supplies, journals, and pens
New or gently used file folders
Gas cards (our therapists travel to clients’ homes for therapy)
Grocery cards (to provide snacks for large group therapy sessions)
All donations are tax deductible.
Robin Bartee, LMSW, RYT
Director of Amanecer