Literature across the board suggests the need for all services to be culturally competent. The same is true for services for YIT.

Expert Recommendations:
This information pertaining to cultural competence is from the National Mental Health Information Center.

The components include:

  • Be respectful of the importance, values, beliefs and personal styles of people that you serve;
  • Learn as much as you can about different cultures;
  • Include neighborhood and community outreach efforts;
  • Work within each persons’ family structure;
  • Adhere to traditions regarding age that may play a part in certain cultures; and
  • Create a reference list of culturally and linguistically relevant contacts and resources (through colleges, schools, faith-based organizations, community centers, etc.).