Founder, Leslie Young of BAME Project Los Angeles Inc. offers several Community Outreach programs that target minority communities experiencing homelessness or near homelessness in Los Angeles California. "I have been working with various agencies on Skid Row Los Angeles for 19 years, with the experienced I gained provided and excellent opportunity to reach out and Help Erase the stigma associated with mental illness through community college outreach, street outreach, encampment outreach and events. People often ask what does B.A.M.E stand for? It's simple, "Build Awareness Motivate and Educate".
BAME Project Los Angeles Inc is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization that engages minority communities to help address contributing factors to Mental Health Awareness. We provide community outreach, mental health resources, mental health surveys, women's hygiene supplies, hygiene supplies, clothing, pet food for dogs and cats.
We offer a Community Outreach Program, “30 Dresses” in which we provide Dresses and Denim Jeans to men and women experiencing homelessness on Skid Row. Hundreds of homeless women are without dresses on Skid Row Los Angeles. A dress represents “protection, attraction, love, passion, purity, hidden desires and secrets.” Providing Dresses is important to as it helps to raise self-esteem in women who are experiencing homelessness in any community.
BAME Project Los Angeles Inc. collaborates with community colleges by providing mental health awareness programs that consist of guest speakers, mental health surveys, give-a-ways, live DJ's and Zoom programs centered around Mental Health Awareness Month and Disability Awareness Month.
Mental Health Facts
An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition.10
70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.
Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.
Just over half (50.6%) of children with a mental health condition aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year.
African Americans and Hispanic Americans each use mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness