Testimonios Project 2017-11-20T06:00:56+00:00

Latino Services Project (LSP) is a community based non-profit network organization whose mission is to serve as a hub and clearinghouse delivering contemporary information related to a variety issues impacting the larger Latino communities existing in Sonoma County. LSP work is focused on reducing health, education and economic disparities in Sonoma County’s Latino Community. LSP is an in-direct service provider that works with the Latino community to provide referrals, networking opportunities and navigate the complex network of available services. The Testimonios project will be under the umbrella of LSP as a program that will enhance the existing support services LSP provides, in addition to furthering the work towards LSP’s mission of reducing disparities. Implementing this CDEP program will increase the dialectical and research opportunities that may arise from the community itself, and used to
inform current and existing services LSP provides.

The grant from the state Office of Health Equity California Reducing Disparities Project will fund a four-year initiative that will train 16 local high school students annually as mental health ambassadors, or promotores. The students will receive training at Santa Rosa Junior College as community health workers and work with mental health experts, as well as cultural and artistic leaders who can help them collect information about mental and behavioral health issues affecting the local Latino community.

Youth Promotores will impact mental health within the broader Latino community, but specifically their own spheres of influence, which will take place within the identified high schools, along with other youth activities where the YPs engage with immediate friendships, sports activities, clubs, social activities and other youth congregating hubs within the community. This includes the robust and active social media arenas and other digital and nondigital forums that are identified by the youth and are genuinely relevant to Latino youth. The outcomes of the program will be in congruence with the identified spaces mentioned along with other quantifiable and quantitative data achieved through the process of outreach and engagement.

The broader impact will also include the larger community and the organizations that act as hosts to events/meetings where the YPs, are conducting pláticas and other mental health conversations. YPs will be exercising their own expertise and engaging with other opportunities to interlink, encourage and refer both immediate peers and families to the proper activities or agencies that
are appropriate.

Short description of the role of the concilio member:

The Concilio is a volunteer advisory committee that brings extensive experience and connections to support the work of the Youth Promotores(YP). The Concilio meets monthly to review and develop strategies to improve effectiveness of the program, provides hands-on support to the Testimonios program staff and YPs through three working sub-committees: Evaluation Committee; YPs Training Curriculum Committee; and Community Outreach & Evaluation Committee. The three committees will provide support in the following categories:

    • YP Recruitment and Selection
    • Educational trainings/informationals/workshops of Mental Health
    • Be a guest speaker and ongoing resource for YP training
    • Be a mentor to a Youth Promotor
    • Provide input and review evaluation methodology

Testimonios Community Concilio Professionals:

  1. Educators (Advisors, Counselors, Teachers, Youth Service Providers, etc.
  2. Mental Health Community & Professional/Provider ( Public Health, Clinical Social Worker, etc.
  3. Community Leaders: (Youth Organizers, Outreach Coordinator/Director, etc):
  4. Artist/ Social Media/Healers (KBBF, Univision, etc.)
Date Location Topic
July 19      Vista Family Health Center

3569 Round Barn Circle, SR

Role of Concilio (Lupe), YP Update Report (Gemma), and CUBE/Evaluation Overview (Julie)
August 16


Vista Family Health Center

3569 Round Barn Circle, SR

Conference Room B, 1st Floor

How the role Promotor can reduce Stigma – Dory Escobar, Coaction Institute

Youth Promotor Retreat Planning & Overview

September 27 Family Justice Center

2755 Mendocino Ave,

Suite A, Training Room, SR

Youth Project Plan Presentation – Gemma Bolanos & Youth Promotores

La Salud Mental Desde mi Vivencias – Wendy Zepeda, Vista Family Health Center

October 25 Vista Family Health Center

3569 Round Barn Circle, SR

Blue Admin Conf. Room,

2nd Floor

Suicide Prevention Month – First Aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviors

ACES & Resilience – Karyna Mayora-Linzer & Dory Escobar (1 hr)

November 8 Sonoma State University

Salazar 2012

National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week –

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Jose Castro, Program Coordinator

Buckelew Programs – Jamie Burke, Employment Services  (30mn)

December 13 Sonoma State University

Room: TBD

Barriers Related to Access and Utilization of Mental Health Care for Latinos

Interlink Self-Help Center, Sean K,

MHSA PEI: SanaMente & Directing Change – Amy Faulstich, SC Dept. of Health Serv. (30 mn)


The Youth Promotores model is an adopted model of Promotores, a community accepted and validated statewide program. The California Reducing Disparities Project( CRDP) Latino population report describes Promotores as a strategy that builds on community strengths through relationship and trust.

The recruitment and selection of the Youth Promotores will occur annually during the spring. If selected to be part of the program, the Youth’s training will occur in the summer and projects will be adopted by the end of summer, prior to the commencement of the school year. Projects will include Pláticas at schools or community settings, Pláticas in Spanish radio programs, social media campaigns, or the development and delivery of Teatro. Teatro is a culturally relevant engagement strategy that is storytelling by theater. Teatro breaks the barriers of individual stigma by portraying mental health challenges as common with
available solutions.

Youth Promotores ages will range from  16 – 25 years of age. They will receive over 50 hours of training in community engagement, mental health information, and community resources. This will be a yearlong project and Youth Promotores will be offered a stipend to keep them engaged throughout the year.

For more information please contact Gemma Bolaños at gbolanos@latinoserviceproviders.org.

YP Employment Application