Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy

First Advisor

Rene Casas


Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement (MILPA), is a grass roots organizationbased in Salinas California that strive towards helping historically underserved populations to take part in public policy to promote healthy outcomes while ending mass incarceration. As such, many employees with MILPA know what incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals require in order to work towards achieving healthy social and emotional wellbeing. MILPA has a wide range of projects and curriculums each staff is working on at one time. This makes it very easy for staff to get lost in the work with little time to reflect on the importance of what they are doing as self care is vital for staff to continue meaningful work. As such, some staff have a personal connection to the work, which increases the possibility of burnout. For this reason, the First Arrow Indigenous Gathering’s purpose is to address social and emotional wellbeing among staff and close community partners in a retreat setting. As a Youth Equity Department intern, the project was heavily influenced with a public administration focus while incorporating social work and public health elements to address social and emotional wellbeing from an indigenous perspective among staff and community partners as non-profit work environments can be stressful. Indigenous perspective included topics from different cultures such as Native American and Mexican traditions as they relate to promoting good social and emotional wellbeing. A recommendation for MILPA is to continue this retreat every year for staff and community partners to establish self-reflection and as a result, improve social and emotional wellbeing in the work place.

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