ABOUT YOUTH PROMOTORES

The Youth Promotor Internship, a project funded by the CA Department of Public Health, American Red Cross, Kaiser Permanente, and Center for Disaster Philanthropy seeks to address the mental health, emergency preparedness, civic engagement, and environmental education inequities in the Latinx community of Sonoma County.

Latino Service Providers Youth Promotor Model provides paid internships to bilingual and bicultural students (ages 16-25) in Sonoma County. The goal of the Youth Promotor Internship Program is to meaningfully engage the Latinx community on issues that impact health outcomes in Sonoma County, and inspire the future community health workforce. The required commitment is a minimum of ONE YEAR.

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The Youth Promotor internship is a prevention and early intervention program that builds knowledge, cultural connectedness, confidence, workforce skills and develops agency within the Latinx community to seek mental health services.

Latino Service Providers (LSP) trains Latinx youth, ages 16-25 years, to be mental health Youth Promotores via a structured paid internship program and gives them ample support and opportunities to present mental health education and resources through community conversations (pláticas). Youth Promotores engage the Latinx community, offer information in Spanish and English and are culturally responsive.

Attend experiential learning activities, as listed below, and others highly recommended throughout the year to further mental health learning and practice:

    • JUNE-JULY 2021: Community Health Worker course
    • AUGUST 2021: Working Weekend Retreat – Youth Mental Health First Aid
    • SEPTEMBER 2021: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
    • JANUARY 2022: Mi Futuro Symposium
    • MARCH 2022: Sonoma Educational Summit
    • MAY 2022: Latino Service Providers Monthly Meeting
  • Attend Youth Promotor meetings once a month between May 2021 to May 2022.
  • Participate and/or present in mental/behavioral health workshops/forums/symposiums; social media campaign and art project development; and a menu of other projects and their implementation; conduct surveys/platicas; research; and other outreach activities.
  • Participate (voluntary, but highly encouraged) in program evaluation by completing surveys, documenting activities, and interviews.
  • Disseminate applications to potential Youth Promotores for Youth Promotor Internship Program, and help coordinate recruitment presentations with appropriate administrators and teachers.

TRACKS

This track focuses on mental health awareness and advocacy in the Latinx community of Sonoma County. Youth Promotores under this track focus on de-stigmatizing mental health, increasing awareness of mental health challenges, and educating the Latinx community on mental health resources. Previous Promotores have focused projects on self-care, tips for parents, know the signs of depression and suicide, suicide prevention, teen dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse among other topics. This track is funded by the CA Department of Public Health under the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP).

This track is intended to inform the Latinx community on the importance of emergency preparedness by creating culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials, leading platicas around emergency preparedness, and creating bilingual videos to inform the community of resources. The goal of this work is to increase community resilience and impact mental health outcomes after a disaster. This track is funded by American Red Cross (ARC).

Youth Promotores under this track work in partnership with staff from the City of Santa Rosa to engage the Latinx community in Santa Rosa around the city’s update of their General Plan. Topics explored under this track include housing, homelessness, city planning, and civic engagement. The goal of this work is to increase civic participation of the Latinx community in the General Plan, and inform the community of the intersection between these issues and mental health wellbeing. This track is funded by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa.

Under this track, Youth Promotores focus on providing environmental education and climate science resources to the Latinx community. Youth Promotores work toward raising awareness about climate change and mental health wellbeing with a goal of increasing the number of Latinx community members who take proactive steps to address it. This track is funded by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

Youth Promotores (YP) who are bilingual (Spanish/English), bicultural youth (between the ages of 16-25) who have successfully completed 1 year as a YP with the LSP YP Program, and are now interested in co-leading a new group of YP’s and supporting the staff of the YP Internship Program in the following categories: Evaluation, YP Support, Community Outreach, Program Administration Support, Research, and more.

The LSP YP Paso-a-Paso Program, a workforce development project that seeks to create entry level community health worker opportunities for YP, is looking for bilingual (Spanish/English), bicultural youth (between the ages of 16-25) who have successfully completed 1 (preferably 2) years as a Youth Promotor with the LSP YP Program, and are now interested in learning about careers in the track areas of the YP Program (i.e. Promotores de Salud Mental, Promotores Preparados, Promotores Verdes, and Promotores de Vivienda). Pro Promotores will work within partner organizations in Sonoma County, while receiving coaching and mentorship from LSP staff; participate in a one-year training program focused on workforce development skills; and gain work experience and career development which gives them realistic exposure to potential employment opportunities.

“It feels like a second family to me. It’s kind of hard sometimes to find a group of people that understand you and with LSP it feels like we’re all basically in the same boat, we all come from similar backgrounds and we’re able to understand each other fairly well.”

– Youth Promotor, 2020

“Yo siempre he querido aprender cómo cambiar el estigma y estos típs son muy buenos aparte mi hija me ha ayudado a entender que tengo que escuchar si quiero ser parte del cambio.” 

“I have always wanted to learn how to change the stigma and these tips are very good and my daughter has helped me understand that I have to listen if I want to be a part of the change.” 

Participante de la Comunidad/Community Participant • 2020

IMPACT

  • Overall Reach: Since 2017, 168 Youth Promotores have participated in the internship, completing over 5,000 hours of training and service in over 200 community events and meetings. The program has achieved over 26,000 social media touches to date.

  • Confidence:

    • 97% of Youth Promotores said the program increased their confidence in some way. 
    • 74% said the program built their confidence with communication or goal setting, while 46% said the program built their confidence in navigating mental health resources.
  • Connectedness and Cultural Belonging:

    • 68% of Youth Promotores showed improvements on connectedness indicators. 
    • For example, before the internship, 86% agreed that their culture gave them strength, whereas 93% agreed after the internship. 
    • According to exit interview data, 95% felt more connected to their peers and program staff, while 70% felt more connected to family and 60% to community as a result of the program.
  • Agency to Seek ServiceThe program has a profound impact on Youth Promotores’ capacity to seek mental health services for themselves or assist others. 

    • 49% reported that they actively helped a family member or friend seek mental health services. 
    • 14% reported that they sought and received mental health services for the first time for themselves
  • Community Impact: 98% of community participants reported a positive change in knowledge as a result of attending a YP presentation (n=240).

  • Problem & Solution:

    • 17% of Sonoma County students surveyed considered suicide in the past 12 months*
    • 32% of Sonoma County students surveyed felt chronic sadness or hopelessness in the past 12 months
    • 70% of Sonoma County students surveyed felt anxious about the future**


    * California Healthy Kids Survey of Sonoma County students in grades 7, 9, 11 (2017-2019)

    ** YouthTruth Survey of Sonoma County high school students (n=4,500), 2019

    The Youth Promotor internship is a prevention and early intervention program that builds knowledge, cultural connectedness, confidence, workforce skills and develops agency within the Latinx community to seek mental health services.

    Latino Service Providers (LSP) trains Latinx youth, ages 16-25 years, to be mental health Youth Promotores via a structured paid internship program and gives them ample support and opportunities to present mental health education and resources through community conversations (pláticas). Youth Promotores engage the Latinx community, offer information in Spanish and English and are culturally responsive.

“I’ve had conversations about mental health with friends and family outside of the program. And one of the things that I talk about in these conversations is just how quickly things can change and how all the little things can pile up and take a toll on your mental health.”

Youth Promotor • 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (F.A.Q.)

Youth Promotores are powerful ambassadors who help decrease stigma surrounding mental health and help increase the number of people who seek mental health services when necessary. 

The program develops youth professional skills and mental health knowledge, builds confidence, promotes cultural connection and belonging, and inspires the next workforce of bilingual and bicultural providers. The long-term goal is a thriving Latinx community who are connected in mind, body, and spirit.

Sonoma County youth, ages 16-25, who are bilingual and bicultural (regardless of immigration status) and are motivated to learn about mental health. 

It is a 12-month cycle from May to May to align with the academic school year.

Youth are paid a stipend and earn between $800 to $1600 during the year.

  • Health Inequities
  • Emergency Preparedness 
  • Careers in Mental Health
  • LGBTQ Best Practices
  • Artistic Expressions
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Professional Development
  • Introduction to Community Health Work, University of San Francisco 
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention 
  • Mental Health First Aid for Youth

We are taking applications now through April 2, 2021, apply here.

Youth Promotor Internship Program

Building mental health awareness and reducing stigma in the Latinx community; inspiring the future mental health workforce. 

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