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.