MNHC’s youth program Latinos En Extasis has been around for almost 20 years. It is a peer-based health educator program for youth from ages 13 to 18 in San Francisco. Our slogan is Felices sin Riesgo, or happy and risk free. Our youth program is based on the Diffusion of Innovations Theory (DIT) that argues learning information from your own social network and peers is the most effective. The focus of this youth development program is to inspire youth to become agents of social change, teach them the skills they need to be positive leaders among their peers, become proactive about their own health and improve their community’s wellbeing. Youth participants learn and teach about important health education topics including anatomy, healthy relationships, HIV prevention, sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention, and family planning. Latinos En Extasis offers free sex education workshops and workshop series to other youth in San Francisco, primarily at local afterschool programs. Our Latinos En Extasis program is ever evolving and our teens who participate have various ideas on how they can educate their community about teen sexual health and wellbeing.
Our project this year is focused on raising enough funds to purchase a community van that will allow our youth to further their community reach and provide our youth with outdoor education trips that take them away from the busy Mission District, bringing focus to their overall wellbeing. Reliable transportation will enable our Latinos En Extasis participants to travel together and visit more SF afterschool programs as well as attend Bay Area community events such as Reproductive Freedom Day in Sacramento or the National Young Leaders State Conference in San Jose. The access to transportation will greatly benefit our youth participants, particularly because we will be able to do college tours and provide safe rides home. Because of lack of transportation, our Latinos En Extasis program has limited ability to incorporate a holistic and youth friendly approach to community safety, wellbeing and empowerment. This project will help us incorporate more field trips, community events and other trips that empower our youth participants and allow them to reflect on the powerful work they do for San Francisco’s youth. In addition, the van will be used for other community programs in our health center, administrative health center needs(i.e. delivering medical supplies within our 4 clinics) and as needed for patients who we identify as needing transportation assistance to get to their appointments.
Why it matters?
San Francisco, and more specifically, the Mission District, is going through a rapid gentrification process and our Latino en Extasis participants are finding themselves living further from their schools and the clinic. Our goal to provide our Latinos en Extasis youth reliable transportation to increase their efforts to educate their peers, will help us continue to build strong connections between youth and the community in San Francisco.
How will the funds be used?
We will measure progress through surveys that assess the experience of our Latino en Extasis participants. We will also keep track of how many events our youth go to and keep track of how many people they reach during these events.
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Charles R Moser
Diane E. Bush
Najib Joe Hakim
Rafael A. Gomez
Amber Y. Rodriguez
Charles R Moser
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Chloe X. González Coyle
Chloe X. González Coyle is a bilingual, bi-racial, multi-cultural, and tri-ethnic Irish-Palestinian-Xicana-
Latina who was born and raised in San Francisco. A recent graduate from Mills College with a BA in Ethnic Studies, she identifies as an athlete, artist and activist. She wrote her senior thesis, “Decolonization and Wellness,” to emphasize culture, community, ceremony, and creative expression as vital for healthy living. She is excited to continue to build and strengthen her ties and networks in the Mission and Bay Area with Mission Neighborhood Health Center through her work empowering youth in Latinos En Extasis. Her passions include mural painting, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), cross-cultural understanding, and healing.
Erika Rivas is a bilingual Latina who was born in San Francisco and raised in the east bay. She is our Development Associate at Mission Neighborhood Health Center and earned her BA in English Literature at San Francisco State University. She is excited to continue to collaborate with other organizations and individuals to increase the access of quality health care and wellbeing in the Latino Community.
Julissa Haya-Fisher was born and raised in Peru until she was 15 years old. She has resided in the Unites States for the last 13 years and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Biology and a concentration in human physiology. She has been working for Latinos en Extasis since January of this year. She looks forward to providing youth in the MNHC program with leadership and motivation skills and is thankful to have learned so much cultural and educational information from Latinos en Extasis youth leaders.
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