Telpochcalli is a 3-month youth leadership academy focused on building youth leadership. Youth who participate in Telpochcalli learn about their personal and family histories, culture (such as food, music, and values), and how to use the cultural learnings for their personal and professional leadership. Through this program, youth are empowered to analyze the world around them, think critically about both problems and solutions, and create an action plan that fosters health for themselves, their families, and community. Over these three months, youth are provided a safe space to build relationships with each other, their families, and the wider community for the benefit of all.
Background: “Telpochcalli” is the Nahuatl word for “casa de la juventud,” or “house of youth”, a place of instruction for all young people to learn values, morals, and how to have a good way of life. Nahuatl is an Aztec-Indigenous dialect.