What is Jóvenes Sanos?
Founded in 2005, Jóvenes Sanos (JS) focused on increasing healthy eating and active living, making their mark in the community in advocating for healthier options at the Watsonville Farmers Market and local corner stores - to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Today, in response to the community's emerging needs, JS youth are now shifting their focus towards mental health - from destigmatizing conversations on mental wellness to increasing youth access to mental health resources.
JS works to cultivate peer-to-peer conversations regarding mental wellness, promote hope, resiliency, and healing, and create a healthy and thriving culture.
Elevate Youth Voice
Mental Health & Well-being
Hope, Healing, and Resiliency
Community Partnerships & Connections
Benefits of Joining Jóvenes Sanos
You will learn about leadership, health, and your community
You will have the possibility of earning community service hours and stipends
You will make new friends and build positive relationships
You will gain essential skills and make your community a better place for all!
Attend bi-weekly meetings
Work on projects based on your availability and interest
Attend team-building events
Be reliable and able to participate regularly
Jovenes SANOS is committed to providing resources for youth to successfully participate in community engagement. After 10 hours of commitment through community service with our program, youth are eligible to receive gift cards and/or stipends for their active participation in Jovenes SANOS community engagement activities.
What We Are Up To
Jóvenes Sanos (JS) is utilizing the resources on DataShare Santa Cruz County to look into indicators that impact our work and share the story behind the data. Jóvenes Sanos youth are creating projects to engage youth and families and help them utilize DataShare.
We Belong is a community-initiated student-engaged research project that addresses these questions by documenting the experiences of immigrant families, their contributions, and the obstacles they face. We aim to elevate immigrant voices, strengthen local community coalitions, and generate actionable knowledge to improve social services and inform policies to ensure ALL community members belong and thrive.
UCSC interns mentor 8-10 Jóvenes Sanos youth and community college students, introducing them to community-based research and pathways to college, while Jóvenes Sanos youth provide guidance on community, youth, and public health issues as well as help with project outreach and recruitment.
COMMING SOON: Stress Less with Jóvenes Sanos Partnership with the Youth Center
Jóvenes Sanos will create and lead culturally relevant and engaging after-school peer-to-peer programming to promote various self-care and mindfulness strategies and help reduce stress among youth. Programming is set to start in March 2022 and will include a couple of Saturday events including a Self Care Day and a Financial Literacy Day.
COMMING SOON: Partnership with the Watsonville Library
In May 2022, Jóvenes Sanos will partner with the Watsonville Library to host a week of awareness for Mental Health awareness month. Youth will create and run a youth-led activity and will collaborate with NAMI Santa Cruz County to host an Ending the Silence workshop for families.
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