Currently known as the Youth Promotor program, Latino Service Providers trains youth, 16-25 years, as “Youth Promotores” (YP) through a paid internship program. Using a structured training program YP’s receive training as Community Mental Health Workers (CHWs) from professionals in the Sonoma County area, and in turn YPs provide mental health education and resources to the Latino community. This workforce development aims to train the next generation of culturally competent mental health providers, and to reduce stigma around mental health in the Latino community. Since receiving the grant, the program and number of Youth Promotores has seen exponential growth.
Part of a CRDP Program:
The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) is a statewide prevention and early intervention project founded in 2009 with the goal of achieving mental health equity for five priority populations in California—the African American, Latino/x, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ+ communities. The CRDP is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63), which was passed by voters in 2004.