Milena Rodriguez - Mayauali

Milena Rodriguez – Mayauali

Milena Rodriguez is developing the Mayauali indigenous youth leadership program in a coastal community of Nicaragua, which aims to revitalize identity, autonomy, and cultural expression, and to bring the community of Salinas de Nahualapa together by promoting positive leadership in their youth.

The program integrates experiential workshops on communication, research, and leadership skills, seminars on world indigenous cultures’ wisdoms and values, and practicums on ways of cultivating mindfulness through physical, mental, and emotional self-care. The project integrates an intergenerational approach, the arts, and traditional knowledge from our elders, and is focused on the use of the community’s assets to encourage sustainability and enthusiastic participation.