About Us

What We Do

Southwest Vida/ Southwest Denver Communities That Care Youth Leadership Team has the core intent to address youth substance abuse and the mental health issues that are attached to it without any stigma or judgment.

Southwest Vida Magazine was created by the Youth Leadership Team and is strategically planned, designed, and developed solely by our youth leaders.

It is a bilingual magazine, offered in English and Spanish, led by youth ages 14-24 to meet the community needs of Southwest Denver and is distributed city-wide. Southwest Vida Magazine began as a newsletter of 4 pages and has grown into a magazine of 16 pages. All designs, stories, graphics, layouts, and translations are done by the youth leaders; bringing their vision, their words, and their perspectives to the community.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Southwest Vida Youth Leadership Team is to ACTively Engage, Educate, and Empower Southwest Denver Youth.

Why We Do It

Southwest Denver is an underserved community rife with teen pregnancy, single parent households, substance abuse, poor education, and poverty. Southwest Vida is dedicated to reducing youth substance abuse, improving mental health, and reducing violence in the community.

SWV believes if their community can learn and know better, they will do better. They have made it their mission to educate their community by providing and sharing knowledge through research and factual information in Southwest Vida Magazine. SWV believes in doing their part, in advocacy and in working to reduce the negative impacts and statistics in their community where they live.

Our Vision

To strengthen and educate youth, families, and communities by implementing a collaborative voice that reduces youth violence and substance misuse, and improves mental health in Southwest Denver.

We aim to help the community by offering a spectrum of resources and assistance including:

  • Connecting youth with job opportunities
  • Facilitating a monthly youth group
  • Providing the community with job and educational resources
  • Disseminating information about services provided by Denver Health and other agencies of the City and County of Denver to help low-income residents

Our youth have actively engaged in and completed:

  • Conflict resolution training
  • Facilitation training
  • Narcan training

Our Team

Melissa

Melissa

“When you write the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”

Pearl

Pearl

“Southwest Vida is Southwest Denver’s voice.”

Nicole

Nicole

“We must use our lives to make the world a better place to live, not just to acquire things. That is what we are put on the earth for.” — Dolores Huerta

Sayuri

Sayuri

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Tristan

Tristan

“Southwest Vida allows me to raise the voices of my community.”

Jasmin

Jasmin

“Your life isn’t yours if you always care what others think.”

Erick

Erick

“I love playing soccer and being outdoors. I like being a part of the change in the community.”

Tyler

Tyler

“I love Southwest Vida because I have an opportunity to be connected to my community through events.”

Edna

Edna

“You do not write your life with words but with actions.”

Camila

Camila

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Joel

Joel

“Words of science fiction possess a transcendent power, capable of shaping realities and sparking the limitless innovation of tomorrow.”

Mario

Mario

“Science is the best subject.”

Sela

Sela

“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”

Asaph

Asaph

“I don’t like frogs.”

Jazmine

Jazmine

“If you want the rainbow, you will have to go through the rain.”

Aalycia

Aalycia

“If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away.” —Selena Quintanilla

Suly

Suly

“Southwest Vida Has impacted me in a positive way because it has changed my perspective on things. It has shown me that it is okay to be involved in the community.” –Jazmine