Our staff spent one year creating & reflecting on a list of statements that we believe to be true and that serve as our guides when working with youth.
- Every young person wants to be healthy-and can be.
- When youth critically examine their own behavior and future, they make better choices that lead them to a healthier life.
- Mistakes are part of adolescence and are a necessary part of the journey to adulthood. Our goal is to help youth correct their missteps without shame.
- Recovery is possible. Some youth make unhealthy choices as a coping mechanism in response to abuse, neglect, or trauma. These youth can learn new skills and overcome their own history.
- Mentors and role models are an important part of helping youth plan toward a healthy future.
- Parents and family members are the most influential people in youths’ lives- and for many youth, their participation is necessary for lasting change to occur.
- Many of the health disparities at affect the youth in our community stem from long-standing racism and economic depression beyond their control. Individual change is not enough. There must also be institutional change.
- The Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood has a history of shared resources and mutual support. We honor that example through collaboration and sustained partnerships.
- Each group of youth have their own culture, needs, and experiences that is real and valid. We must adjust to meet new challenges in order to serve the youth here now and those coming in the future.