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Program Planning


Effective program planning will serve to improve the health and social conditions of disadvantaged communities. The true input in the planning process are the voices from community members who will collaborate with researchers in order to comprehensively assess their needs and assets and identify the underlying factors that contribute to their problems. Based on these findings, the program plan sets feasible goals and objectives that will produce a greater impact in the community in the short, medium and long-term. The program plan will be effective if there is a true collaboration between members of the target community and researchers, and they both come up with innovative solutions to tackle problems by building on community's strengths.

Evidence of Competence in Program Planning

Men Empowered Now Through Education (M.E.N.T.E.)


Latino male youth suffer from high levels of stress, anxiety and substance use that negatively affect their mental health. This is especially true for Latino male youth between the ages of 11 to 18 years old who live or go to school in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland (Bonilla et al., 2011). In order to provide youth an opportunity to address their trauma arising from exposure to violence, our program efforts will concentrate on bringing mental health resources from the clinic to the school setting.  Our program plan utilizes the professional skills of licensed mental health practitioners, designating them as facilitators in three after school components, for youth.  Bringing these services to youth would mean that they could have greater access to mental health professionals and services.

M.E.N.T.E Program Components

The Males Empowered Now Through Education (M.E.N.T.E.) Program will feature three main components that consist of (1) psycho-education workshops, (2) círculos [circles] or pláticas [talks], which are a form of support group and (3) art therapy workshops.  These three components will be employed using two strategies that have been reported to increase efficacy in program goals and objectives.  These strategies are the use of facilitators that will also serve as role models or mentors and the recreational structure of this program that will take place after school at the academic school site where the youth attend school.  Additionally, there will be a parental component to the M.E.N.T.E. Program that has been proven to support program goals.

Desired long term outcomes

  • 75% of Latino male youth program participants will decrease their stress and anxiety levels by July 2017.
  • 60% of Latino male youth program participants will decrease their use of alcohol to manage stress and anxiety by June 2017.
  • 60% of Latino male youth program participants will decrease their use of marijuana to manage stress and anxiety by July 2017.

Potential Impact Addressing the Problem

The potential impact of addressing the problem is the reduction of stress and anxiety as well as a decrease in substance use as means to cope with the exposure to violence among Latino male youth in the Fruitvale.  As Latino male youth become healthier emotionally and psychologically, they become resources to their own community and role models to their peers as well as younger generations.  Latino male youth will experience an increase in self-esteem, ability to concentrate in other areas of life, less susceptibility to risky behaviors and increased options for success.

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