Starting in September 1992, Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) implemented Proyecto HEAL by:
YDI is a community-based organization founded in 1971 under the sponsorship of the Bernalillo County Commission to help reduce juvenile delinquency. It provides social, educational, and psychological services for youth in Albuquerque and in Bernalillo County.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national Program to Address Sociocultural Barriers to Health Care in Hispanic Communities.
Proyecto HEAL activities also aimed to develop leadership and team-building skills, self-esteem, and cultural identification. Enrolled youth participated in and gave presentations at local and state health conferences; PTA and other school meetings; and health fairs. Ninety-five youths participated over four years.