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SHOP: Ladies First

SHOP: Ladies First

Health Education Council's Safety, Health, Opportunities, Practice (SHOP) is a youth-centered program for adolescents who have experienced or are currently experiencing school challenges, community violence, interpersonal violence, and/or system involvement. The Ladies First support group aims to provide a safe space to introduce and discuss topics that focus on intrapersonal growth and individual well-being for young girls between 12 - 17 years old. After program completion, participants have the opportunity to enroll in case management. Our case management offers mentoring, workforce development, community resource navigation, internship/ volunteer opportunities, and frequent follow-ups. 

Our 6-week program topics include combating peer pressure, relationship wellness, positive self-image/body positivity, coping with anxiety/mental health, personal finance, building resilience, and SMART goal setting.

Students who complete the entire program without unexcused absences will receive up to a $200 stipend and 12 hours of community service!

For more information contact Program Coordinator Nadia Espino at

Who can join?

Young women ages 12-17 in the Sacramento and Yolo Counties who have been directly affected by untreated mental illness, violence, poverty, homelessness, incarceration, or school failure are highly encouraged to apply.