Advocacy teams Alcohol Justice & Youth For Justice have introduced that they’ve been awarded a $1 million grant in the direction of after faculty packages and substance abuse prevention training for Latino college students and their households throughout the Canal District of San Rafael, California.
The Youth For Justice program is guided by their “4-Pillars Philosophy” of Well being and Therapeutic, Tradition and Historical past of Latinos/Indigenous Peoples, Nature Connection, and Neighborhood Organizing to Forestall Alcohol and Different Drug Hurt.
As well as, in addition they host actions resembling group volunteer work to wash up litter and research halls for college kids.
“We’re so grateful to obtain these funds that may permit us to broaden our neighborhood organizing efforts to assist much more Canal residents stop substance use dysfunction,” mentioned Maite Durán, Director of Packages for Youth For Justice, in a press release.
The cash is part of Elevate Youth California’s $58.5 million push in offering its companions with funding to assist stop youth substance abuse, offering as much as $1 million to its 61 companion organizations, with this grant being awarded over the course of three years.
“An thrilling main objective of our program is to coach youth leaders to assist create native coverage that may scale back the impression of seductive advertising on youth alcohol consumption,” mentioned Durán.
“This objective permits mission contributors to be concerned in advocacy, neighborhood organizing, and substance use prevention training to make a optimistic change of their neighborhood,” she continued.
Marlin County is without doubt one of the richest counties in California, however has been traditionally segregated between its rich, white owners and the immigrant and largely Spanish talking neighborhood that calls the realm house. Of the youth residing in Canal, 22% are beneath the poverty line.
“This award is [a] well-deserved acknowledgement of ten devoted years of laborious work that Maite Durán and her staff have dedicated to constructing the Youth For Justice program,” mentioned Cruz Avila, Govt Director at Alcohol Justice, in a press release.
“It is usually very encouraging to know that the worth it’s delivering to Canal residents will proceed to develop and make this neighborhood more healthy and safer. We’re honored and blessed to be supported by Elevate Youth California,” he continued.
Supporters of the Youth for Justice program embody the San Rafael Alcohol and Drug Coalition, the Juvenile Probation Division of Marin County, the Marin Prevention Program, and Alcohol Justice.