Last May, PACT for Families received the good news from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services that the Guía program received another three years of funding! The amount of funding provided will support two full-time coach positions, as compared with four star positions during the prior four years of the program. The role of coach is to support Latino youth who are at-risk of or using alcohol, marijuana or other drugs. They work one-to-one with each youth to set goals and advocate for healthy lifestyles, volunteerism and community and family involvement.
Our two Guía coaches are in place – Jennifer Mendoza continues in her role with the program and Pablo Obregon joined the Guía star this summer. Both are bilingual and bring strong connections to the Latino community in the PACT service area0 Jennifer and Pablo will be working with youth and families primarily in Kandiyohi and Renville counties, and in the school districts with higher percentages of Latino students.
This fall, both Jennifer and Pablo have been re-connecting with youth and families who were busy over the summer months and connecting with community agencies and service providers. In the months ahead we look forward to letting you know about the many successes youth are experiencing, in particular as they get involved in the community and other volunteer opportunities.
Guía is geared towards Latino youth from 14 to 21, who are either at risk of or using alcohol or other drugs. Involvement in the program involves both the youth and their parents agreement to participate. Referrals can be made by contacting one of the Guía coaches, or sending in a referral to the PACT office. Referral forms can be found on the PACT website and are available at many of the schools or community agencies. If you have any questions about the program or about making a referral, please call the PACT for Families office at (320) 231-7030 or (800)-960-7228.
Rick Loseth, Supervisor
(320) 231-7030 ext. 2976