El Guango is a story of a kid born to immigrant parents and raised in East Los Angeles. We cannot expect positive outcomes when treating people’s illnesses if we don’t change the conditions that made them sick in the first place.
By Dawn, Storyteller and Youth Advocate. Storytelling is a tool to achieve a healthier you and motivate you to action and meaningful change. The power of your story recognizes vulnerability as a strength. As a storyteller, you matter, you are a healer, you have a precious gift to give, so tell your story.
By Miguel Domínguez, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Modern Languages, California State University, Dominguez Hills. First year university students, and particularly first generation students, need to recognize and embrace their identity. Figure out who you are, your career trajectory, and the many roles that you play in advancing your and other’s success in life.
By California HOSA (Cal-HOSA) Students and Participants, 2019 California HOSA Youth Speaking Up for Youth Mental Health Day, Sacramento, California. Capturing youths’ perspectives and recommendations to promote positive mental health, early identification of social determinants, and reducing stigma associated with mental health.
“There is nothing wrong with me.” How I discovered using self-compassion and empathy and how to build shame-resilience. I believe positive modeling is important in developing meaningful strategies to meet our needs.
By Jessica Liza, M.S.W., Human Services Academy Graduate. The Human Services Academy Model played an important role in shaping my career trajectory. Hard work and persistence were also key factors in successfully obtaining a master’s degree in social work.
By Gustavo Loera, Ed.D., founder of the Human Services Academy, Mental Health America of Los Angeles. This small learning community model emphasizes the importance of curriculum integration across academic subjects and the mental health industry sector. Guiding students in making a meaningful connection between classroom instruction and employment can shape their career and life trajectory.