Prevention, Access, Self-Empowerment and Support (PASS)

PASS aims to improve youth psychosocial, educational, and community outcomes. It also works with the parents of the youths providing them with education and supports to enable them to improve their relationships with their children.

PASS was founded by consumers, mental health professionals, and community volunteers, all of whom were persons of color. The program builds on the cultural strengths of the youths and their families and works to accommodate their cultural views. The program consists of four intensive weekend workshops geared to the culture of the youths in the program and the cultures of their families. It has a strength-based, self-efficacy focus, uses a youth friendly semi-structured 19 module curriculum flexibly delivered by adult and peer-mentors with participation from skilled community members. It provides year round supports to youth and families.

Population of focus: The target population is 13 to 17 year old youths experiencing behavioral and emotional challenges in their daily lives.

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Organization: The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health