At 3rd Street, we are encouraged by the hard-working and thoughtful Latinx youth we have the privilege of working with every day, and the Latinx staff like Brenda, who go the extra mile to ensure all youth are comfortable, regardless of their backgrounds. “Coming from a Latin background, talking about topics such as sexual health can be a little taboo. This may cause discomfort to talk about and conversations about things like safe sex practices may sometimes be avoided entirely. This [influences] my work because I want to be able to foster an open, safe space for the youth. I want to make sure that they feel comfortable enough to ask questions, talk about their concerns, and be able to ask for help if they need it,” said Brenda.
When asked about her favorite part of her job, Brenda said, “Something I really enjoy about working with 3rd street is getting to help patients. Every time I help a patient I always try to make them feel like someone is there for them and have someone that listens to their concerns. Being able to be part of this organization, I am able to help create bridges between the community and their health goals.”