June 21, 2018
Local Youth Makes A Splash!
Arturo Velasco, a local COMPACT youth and advocate, has been published in The Coast News for his concern on the growing trend regarding the use of E-cigarettes and vapes among young students such as himself. Arturo Velasco currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Coalition for Drug Free Escondido and is a role model among his peers for taking a leadership role to advocate for community issues. Arturo, currently heading into his senior year at Del Lago Academy, has been actively involved with COMPACT and the Coalition since he was in middle school.
As a drug free youth leader, Arturo has been trained on public speaking and media advocacy, and has spoken in front of the Escondido City Council on various occasions to be a voice for his community on matters that he is passionate about. Last year he was presented the proclamation declaring December as Drugged Driving Awareness Month in front of City Council. In a separate occasion he addressed City Council members as a part of a Resident Leadership Academy through COMPACT to raise awareness of a Community Improvement Project that he and other residents have taken on; adopting a portion of the creek to beautify it and make it more inviting for community members. Most recently, in February of this year, Arturo spoke on the modification of the City of Escondido’s Social Host Ordinance to include Cannabis. Arturo has and continues to be a great advocate and youth leader in his community. Please check out our programs page to see the many other great things that our youth are taking on and how to get involved!
May 25, 2018
Shinning Star Celebration 2018
On May 24th, COMPACT celebrated our youth and adults who have truly made a difference in the community. We also recognized and said farewell to our graduating seniors who are moving on to wonderful and exciting things after graduation. Our most special recognition was in honor of our crossing guard, Antonio (Tony) Guerra, who was injured while on the job ensuring that our young students made it safely to school. Tony's two children Rosa & Ramiro Guerra, were present to accept the award in honor of Tony and updated the community that he is recovering well.
The idea is to erase tattoos from hands, faces, necks — any highly visible spot — so that young people with former gang ties can pursue their goals of becoming better educated and more employable.
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