Mi Vida, Mi Historia

Phone: (617) 445-1123 | Email: mcruz@casaesperanza.org

What is Mi Vida, Mi Historia?

Mi Vida, Mi Historia (My Life, My Story) is a five-session substance use and HIV/STI prevention intervention that uses storytelling for empowerment to educate young people about health risks.

What is Storytelling for Empowerment?

Storytelling for Empowerment is an evidence-based model that utilizes cognitive decision-making, positive cultural identity (cultural empowerment), and resiliency models to educate young people about prevention and its conceptual underpinnings.

Who is Mi Vida, Mi Historia for?

Youth 13 to 17 and young adults 18 to 24 are eligible to enroll in Mi Vida, Mi Historia. Each Mi Vida, Mi Historia cohort usually meets for five, two-hour sessions. Casa Esperanza will work with interested parties to offer Mi Vida, Mi Historia sessions once or twice a week at a time convenient to group scheduling needs.

How Does Mi Vida, Mi Historia Work?

Each session, a trained facilitator leads the group through prevention education and other activities. The curriculum includes the following sections:

  • Knowledge Power: brain physiology, physical effects of drugs
  • Skill Power: decision-making strategies, role-playing
  • Personal Power: multicultural stories, symbol making
  • Character Power: multicultural historical figures, character traits
  • Culture Power: defining culture, bicultural, subculture; cultural symbols
  • Future Power: multicultural role models, choosing a role model, goal setting

How long is the group?

Each Mi Vida, Mi Historia cohort usually meets for five, two-hour sessions. Casa Esperanza will work with interested parties to offer Mi Vida, Mi Historia sessions once or twice a week at a time convenient to group scheduling needs.