Dragonflies symbolize transformation, much like coaching with Jenn illuminates the path to transformation. Through providing collaborative and supportive coaching, she helps assist individuals to align with their goals both personally and professionally.
Jenn Awa, MPH, CPC is a harm reductionist, practitioner of cultural humility, partner to survivors, and an ‘aloha-spirited’, community coach. For 20 years, she has focused her work on communicable disease prevention, trauma informed services, peer staff development, mental health, cultural resiliency and survivors of the ‘system’. Jenn has a strong understanding of the complexities of trauma and the enormous resiliency of the human spirit. She applies her sense of ancestral connectedness to build on each person’s ‘mana’ (personal power) to illuminate the a transformational path.
“Whenever we don’t honor who we are, our values, our truth; we give a piece of ourself away.”
Jenn has worked in nonprofits for 20 years, from the frontline through the management tiers. She is highly familiar with non-profit organizational development and management. She had the opportunity to gain her first coaching training in 2015 and found direct alignment as a harm reductionist and doing coaching. In harm reduction the focus is on client centered services and we understand that a person knows themselves’ best and how to best care for themselves; coaching lives in this same practice by illuminating what the individual already knows. Jenn now provides consultancy to organizations that are seeking to build their capacity through systems and staff development, trainings and Dragonfly Coaching.
Jenn earned her Master of Public Health in Community Health Education in 2009. She loves building community, being in the sun by the water and traveling or working in exotic places such as St. Thomas, Guam, Samoa, and Hawaii. Jenn is totally able to laugh at herself, understand that “sometimes we need to be ‘loved’ through the process,” and that there is nothing like dancing to some good island reggae vibes under the stars.