Identity is a resource.
Identity is a community.
Identity is a safe place.
Each year, Identity assists more than 3,000 in-school and out-of-school youth and their families who live in high-poverty areas of Montgomery County and who are most at-risk for poor academic and economic life outcomes.
We empower Latino youth to reach their highest potential and work towards a successful transition into adulthood.
We envision a just and equitable society that nurtures all youth and is enriched by their contributions.
Watch our new video to learn more about what we do from some of the youth we are privileged to serve.
Why are we called Identity?
The name Identity is a reminder that all people want to be recognized.
As we go through life, our first choice is to be recognized positively. If that fails, our second choice is to be recognized negatively. This choice may not be ideal, but at least we are acknowledged. What no one wants is to not to be recognized at all. Why? Because if we are not noticed, we do not exist. We do not have an identity. Here at Identity, we start by truly seeing each young person we are privileged to serve.
We connect with many youth through our Wellness Centers and Youth Opportunity Centers.
We operate three of the county’s high school Wellness Centers (at Wheaton High School, Watkins Mill High School, and Gaithersburg High School) which provide a broad array of programs and services focused on supporting the physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being of the students throughout their high-school years.
Identity also operates two Youth Opportunity Centers, in Gaithersburg and Takoma Park, which reach out to young people facing especially challenging situations.
Many have dropped out of school and do not have jobs. Lack of English-language skills may impede their job seeking success. Some have been involved with gangs. Some struggle with substance abuse or mental health issues. Many have experienced trauma.
The Youth Opportunity Centers represent a positive and stabilizing influence in their lives and a source of referrals to needed services.
To learn more about Identity programs and services, visit What We Do.
Identity collaborates and partners with a wide range of organizations and government agencies to bring expertise and unique perspectives as well as ethnically and culturally relevant programs to our program participants.