Tewa Women United is a collective intertribal women's voice in the Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico. Tewa Women United (TWU) was started in 1989 as a support group for women concerned with various issues including alcoholism, suicide, and domestic and sexual violence. In the safe space women created, we transformed and empowered one another through critical analysis and the embracing and re-affirming of our cultural identity. Through the Yiya Vi Kagingdi (YVK) Community Doula Program, we provide physical, emotional, and informational support during the prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum period in the Espanola area and at the eight northern pueblos of New Mexico. Our doulas spend numerous hours with the families they serve to build strong trusting relationships and to provide pregnancy support, community resources, and childbirth education. We host bimonthly parent's circles and offer support through Tewa Women United's Circle of Grandmothers to allow families a space to share and connect. Yiya Vi Kagingdi doula program encourages parent-baby attachment, breastfeeding support and parenting education.
Women of Color
Interns would help us with revising and updating publications, tabling at health fairs, doing outreach around town, organizing our parent resource library and our photo library, contacting clients about upcoming events. They would be welcome to attend childbirth classes and parent circles as well as other local meetings, doula-related events, and client intakes.
The main focus of the internship would be involvement with the Tribal Prep Program, helping to facilitate and organize a girl's group designed around culturally comprehensive sex ed and healthy relationships.
Internship skills needed:
Basic computer use, competency with Microsoft Office, ability to speak about program in community, ability to be self-motivated and self-directed, respect for client confidentiality. We serve clients in many rural areas and public transportation is very limited here, so interns are asked to have their own reliable vehicles.
Spanish helpful but not required
How to find us:
Tewa Women United is located in Española, New Mexico. We are a small city of about 10,000. In the past interns have stayed in the Espanola area or commuted to our site from a Santa Fe residence. Car required.
10-6 pm, with some evening meeting and community event commitmentspm, varied
Office building accessibility:
How many people work at the organization:
17 staff members
Are there other interns at the organization during the summer:
Yes. We would likely have 1 intern in the doula program during the summer.
Flexible, must start by June 1, 2015 unless an exception is made by CLPP Assistant Director