Serving Latino youth and their families. Each year, Identity assists more than 3,000 in-school and out-of-school youth and their families who live in high-poverty areas of Montgomery County and who are most at-risk for poor academic and economic life outcomes. We empower Latino youth to reach their highest potential and work towards a successful transition into adulthood. We envision a just and equitable society that nurtures all youth and is enriched by their contributions. We operate three of the county’s high school Wellness Centers (at Wheaton High School, Watkins Mill High School, and Gaithersburg High School) which provide a broad array of programs and services focused on supporting the physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being of the students throughout their high-school years.
Identity also operates two Youth Opportunity Centers, in Gaithersburg and Takoma Park, which reach out to young people facing especially challenging situations.
Many have dropped out of school and do not have jobs. Lack of English-language skills may impede their job seeking success. Some have been involved with gangs. Some struggle with substance abuse or mental health issues. Many have experienced trauma.
The Youth Opportunity Centers represent a positive and stabilizing influence in their lives and a source of referrals to needed services.
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