ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE
Latino Men and Boys Program
Reclaiming identity, culture, and family through education, health, and community action.
Statistics show that Alameda County's young Latino men and boys are lacking male mentorship and role models at home and in the classroom. In 2011, the Center supported the Unity Council's Latino Men and Boys Program by investing its service model on male mentorship to improve health and academic achievement results for Latino boys at three schools in Oakland. The program goal is to increase high school graduation for Latino boys by connecting them to positive male role models and culturally relevant activities. The program is culturally rooted, trauma informed, and focused on restoring cultural pride and accountability.
Using a trauma-informed healing approach, the program helps young men, ages 12-20, see themselves and their culture as an asset to realizing their leadership capacity in the community. Once a youth agrees to be mentored, an agreement is signed by the youth, his family, and mentor. The youth and his family commit to the program that supports the youth's health and his path to graduation; the mentor commits to staying with the youth until he graduates or leaves school.