The Cultural Tree Healing & Empowerment Project

Aims to promote healing and empowerment through ethnic and global identity development as well as intercultural dialogue and integration

The Pollination Project has approved a $1000 grant to Intangibles Inc.'s The Cultural Tree Healing and Empowerment Workshop that will reach at least 50 Filipino/Filipino-American youths. The grant will provide booklets, brochures, banner, survey and activity materials as well as cover direct travel expenses for program implementation, website fees and other promotional costs.

Nina Magpili-Smith, with the support of her co-leader Polinpapilinho Katina, of Intangibles Inc., a 501(c)(3), developed The Cultural Tree Healing and Empowerment Workshop, a group activity-based workshop that aims to develop the ethnic and global identity of the Filipino/Filipino-American youth in North Carolina and Virginia in the Summer/Fall of 2018. The generational legacies of colonialism in the Philippines (16th to 20th century) are related to the mental and socioeconomic health of many Filipinos/Filipino-Americans today. These are often hidden by the Asian model minority myth, mental health stigma and the lack of research. The workshop aims to first reconnect Filipinos/Filipino-Americans with their own culture while placing emphasis on multiculturalism and environmentalism to enable reconnecting and healing with other cultures and nature as they realize both as part of their cultural identity, thus, commencing the attainment of compassion, justice, and active agency in promoting a better future for their culture and the world.

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