One Step A La Vez(at a time) is a committee organized and ran by teens. For the past two years the One Step A La Vez has focused on the improvement of mental health services in our community. Much of our work has been aimed at opening a teen wellness center in hopes of keeping our youth off the streets. We envision a center where teens and adolescents could seek help, refuge, advice, and support to become better individuals. Our community has identified the need for this center and have gladly supported our efforts. In the past two years our group has done numerous presentations to the Board of Supervisors of Ventura County, Mental Health Board, and the Social justice Commission of Ventura County in which we have obtained strong support. Although their is much work to get done our committee is taking the steps necessary to make our vision a reality.
There are many teens in Fillmore-Piru, Rancho Sespe that need help. Some teens feel depressed, anxious, worried about grades, or have family troubles. Some of us live with violence, in our families or in a relationship. Some of us have eating disorders, depression, thoughts of suicide and many other problems. There is a Mental Health Department and help available, but majority of the resources are located in the Oxnard, Ventura area. Besides teens often don't want to talk with adults about their problems and so they might not seek help until the problem has progressed or gotten worse. Lately we have had several suicides, drug or alcohol related deaths, and gang shootings. The One Step A La Vez Committee feels that if we reach out and provide teens and those in need of help with the resources and professionals in a safe location , we can stop these things from happening.
What we have accomplished:
One Step has accomplished so much in the short time that it has been together. We have made our presence in the county and demonstrated to the the Board of Supervisors of Ventura County how important and how much need we have for services in our community. When we heard that Fillmore was not going being to be looked at, we prepared a presentation and advocated on behalf of our community.