Latinos En Extasis, a peer-based health program in partner with the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, is in its final few hours of raising $5,000 for a new community purposed van.
Latinos En Extasis, is an after-school program designed to teach youths 13 to 18 about sexual health and education. Topics include anatomy, healthy relationships, HIV prevention, STI prevention and family planning. The program, which has been around for over 20 years, is inspired by the Diffusion of Innovation Theory, that argues that youths learn easier from within their own social networks.
Money from the fundraiser, which is currently at the half-way mark of $2,750, will be used to buy a van to further Latinos En Extasis’ community outreach as well as to provide youths 13-18 an outdoor education away from the Mission District. The goal is to bring their focus inward, entirely toward their general wellbeing. It will also allow the possibility for transportation to other after school Bay Area programs including Reproductive Freedom Day in Sacramento and the National Young Leaders State Conference in San Jose.
The van will also be purposed for the Mission Neighborhood Health Center to deliver medical supplies to their four other locations as well as helping patients who may not have access to transportation the ability to get to their appointments.