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Jose-Luis Mejia speaks on teaching young people about mental illness and stigma, and breaking cycle of trauma

May 1st, 2014 | By
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Growing up in a neighborhood of poverty or violence can traumatize any young person, and lead them to struggle with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—like anxiety, depression, and aggressive behavior.

We spoke with TAYSF’s own Jose-Luis Mejia on his work as a Peer Educator teaching young people about mental illness and stigmas often attached to it through SOLVE. Jose-Luis graciously shares his personal story with trauma and its consequences to high school students and providers, and us!



Kenneth Epstein at DPH speaks to TAYSF about the department’s innovative way to treat trauma

May 1st, 2014 | By

TAYSF spoke with Kenneth Epstein, director at San Francisco Department of Public Health, who veighs to break that cycle and create a trauma-informed system.



Interview w/ Rebecca Rolfe, Executive Director, San Francisco LGBT Community Center

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

Interview w/ Rebecca Rolfe,San Francisco LGBT Community Center by Justin Slaughter, sf4tay.org Communications Coordinator What services does your youth programs offer? To what populations and age group? Rebecca: In general, the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center exists to connect individuals to opportunities and to build a stronger community. In order to create

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Interview w/ Arlene Hylton, Program Director, San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program

May 15th, 2012 | By

Interview w/ Arlene Hylton, Program Director at San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program by Justin Slaughter, TAYSF Communications Coordinator What programs and/or services do you offer? For what age/population? At ILSP we serve just youth who are in, or have been in, “out-of-home” social services placement, which means foster and juvenile justice youth.  We work

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Interview w/ Laurie A. Scolari, Dean of Counseling & Student Support & Acting Director at Gateway to College, CCSF

Mar 13th, 2012 | By

Interview w/ Laurie A. Scolari, Dean of Counseling & Student Support & Acting Director at Gateway to College, CCSF by Justin Slaughter, TAYSF AmeriCorps VISTA What programs and/or services do you offer? For what age/population? Laurie: The Gateway to College at City College of San Francisco is a free program for students 16-20 years old

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Interview w/ Marc Vogl, Executive Director of Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)

Feb 13th, 2012 | By

Interview w/ Marc Vogl, Executive Director of Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) by Justin Slaughter, TAYSF AmeriCorps VISTA What programs and/or services do you offer? For what age/population? Marc: The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) has three Next Gen programs for youth that brings together the arts, technology, and education. First, we have the Digital

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Interview w/ LeaJay Harper, Program Coordinator for Young Mothers United, Center for Young Women’s Development

Jan 17th, 2012 | By

Interview w/ LeaJay Harper, Program Coordinator for Young Mothers United, Center for Young Women’s Development by Justin Slaughter, TAYSF AmeriCorps VISTA Research 1. What programs and/or services does Young Mothers United offer? For what age/population? Young Mothers United advocates for young mothers involved in the juvenile justice system.  Mostly we work with young women of color, 16-24 years old, probably 70% San Francisco residents. However, we will take anyone from anywhere; for example, we take young women from Richmond, Oakland, etc. Our advocacy may include our staff accompanying

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Interview w/ Katie Reisinger, Program Director at Huckleberry House

Nov 7th, 2011 | By

Interview with Katie Reisinger, Program Director at Huckleberry House by Justin Slaughter, AmeriCorps VISTA Our topic this month is runaway and homeless youth. What programs and/or services do you offer for this age/population? Huckleberry House is the component of Huckleberry Youth Programs that works specifically with runaway youth. The House is the first runaway shelter

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Interview w/ Kevin Hickey, Senior Manager, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)

Sep 13th, 2011 | By

Interview w/ Kevin Hickey, Senior Manager, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) by Justin Slaughter, AmeriCorps VISTA Research Associate 1.)    What programs or services does JVS offer to youth with disabilities? For forty years JVS have offered job searches, career exploration, and job training to adults with barriers to employment. The last eighteen years we have incorporated

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Interview with Michael McPartlin, Guardian Scholars, CCSF

May 9th, 2011 | By

Interview with Michael McPartlin, Guardian Scholars, CCSF by Justin Slaughter, TAYSF AmeriCorps VISTA What programs and services does Guardian Scholars offer? Michael: Guardian Scholars is primarily a privately funded student retention program for former foster youth in college.   We provides students with academic and career counseling, scholarships, book vouchers, food assistance, transportation assistance, emergency housing

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