Speak Up & Empower

Youth from the program created this PSA to raise awareness about depression in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month each May. 


Latino Network recognizes the youth voice as a source of power, capable of igniting social change worldwide. But what happens when you feel like no one is listening, no one cares, or your voice doesn’t matter? For the 11% of youth who suffer a depressive order by the time they are 18, Latino Network is listening!

Participating in Speak Up changed my life. I wouldn’t be in college today, if it wasn’t for this program.
— Speak Up & Empower program participant

Speak Up and Empower embraces Latino youth 12-21 years of age whose lives have been impacted by mental illness including depression and anxiety and who have been enrolled in Multnomah County's System of Care Wraparound Initiative. Together with Speak Up and Empower staff, youth form a supportive cohort and gain opportunities to share their personal stories, establish plans for positive change, and develop leadership skills. Group facilitators prepare participants to advocate on behalf of mental health issues. Youth participate in workshops and gain skills in providing effective feedback to the system. 

Program Details

Speak Up and Empower meets once a month for nine months for trainings and activities. Trained facilitators provide a safe welcoming space for listening and sharing. Speak Up and Empower refers youth to become elected members of the Multnomah County Systems of Care Collaborative and supports the regular participation of these youth.

Contact Speak Up and Empower or call (503) 519-8415.

Latino Network thanks Multnomah County Health Department, Mental Health and Addiction Services for funding Speak Up.