Building Healthy Relationships
Many of our South Asian youth struggle with balancing both South Asian heritage culture and ideals in relationships, expectations from family or friends, and US culture and ideals. Some suffer from or witness abuse at home and end up choosing abusive partners & friends. Some have difficulty communicating their own thoughts with their families. Some feel bound by obligations, some rebel to break free.
Our goal at SEWA-AIFW is to listen, support, and help youth understand and cultivate a healthy relationship with their families, friends, and significant others. We provide support for those suffering from abuse; space for youth to discuss with and learn from their peers; & counseling and referrals for specific services. We also have an LGBTQ specific group – SAQL.
Brown Breakfast Club
Brown Breakfast Club is a youth-led group for youth ages 16-24 only. Meetings are held each month and a facebook group is how we stay connected!
The meetups are a mix of discussions & presentations with a focus on mental health and cultivating healthy relationships.
Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children
The Ministry of External Affairs of the Indian Government has announced the Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
This is a scholarship for children of Indian diaspora who are aiming to obtain their undergraduate degree in India.
Podcast: Life without Limca
Another platform to bridge the gap between young people and their parents/elders is a podcast. This podcast will address many of the struggles young south Asian Americans face including dating, mental health, parent relations. There will be a big focus on talking about various family dynamics and how to deal with unhealthy situations without the attachment of societal stigma. For this project we are working youth from the University of Minnesota to optimize engagement and reinforce the concept of listening and showing willingness understand to the experiences of young people.
This podcast is available on the following platforms via Anchor.
Funding & Support
Our youth initiatives are supported by the MN Department of Health.
SEWA-AIFW Volunteers available 24 Hours a day to answer your calls on the CRISIS HOTLINE (952) 912-9100 or EMAIL US anytime