Jamy Drapeza (they/she/siya) is an extremely self-motivated individual that seeks to build their capacity in the realms of social justice and program management. She constantly seeks to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations that share their dedication to build better communities and advocate for change.
Their practice is queer-friendly, strengths-based, and trauma-focused. They welcome the incorporation of her clients’ cultures, values, and identities when crafting a care plan based on their strengths and goals. Jamy identifies as a queer, non-binary child of immigrants, and those identities inform their approach to healing and wellness as a collective effort.
Jamy’s most formidable experience as a therapist was in service to court-involved youth and young adults as a clinical case manager. Focusing on youth diagnosed with mental health conditions, she facilitated intake assessments, crisis interventions, and individual and group therapy sessions for over 200 participants. In 2017, siya joined Sixth Street Wellness as a private practice therapist. Since then, they continue to serve individuals and couples with in-person and teletherapy counseling. Jamy uses a variety of approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, intersectional feminism, mindfulness, and memes to promote wellness.
Jamy is an experienced startup launcher and operator with a passion for healing justice, especially in service to women, girls, and non-binary folx. With over ten years of experience serving youth and families, their professional path includes large-scale criminal justice nonprofits, a national research center on gun violence reform, simultaneously building operational policies, staff teams, and service structures for startup nonprofit programs; developing membership support protocols for grassroots organizations, and volunteering on boards to build sisterhood spaces for women and non-binary folx.
Highlights of their program development work include:
- Inaugural Team Leader for the CASES Bronx PEAK program, recruiting local residents and credible messengers to serve as case coordinators for 20-40 youth on probation
- Core staff member that established the New York office of S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective: within three years, rose from a part-time Program Coordinator to full time Managing Director that recruited and led a team of eight program coordinators, teaching artists, and college interns serving over 400 youth in four juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and alternative-to-detention programs
- Developed and facilitated a mental health workshop series for APICHA’s “Fall Into Wellness” initiative, using pop culture references and interactive art activities to break down mental health concepts and care practices for the LGBTQ+ community
In recognition of my privilege as a licensed social worker and to continue the practice of giving back directly to communities in need of financial support, I commit to pledging a 10% tithe to small grassroots organizations and community funds that serve systemically marginalized communities. Currently researching options to list on my site, and welcome my clients’ suggestions for organizations to support.