I am interviewing my local priest. I decided to interview him because I remember when I was in high school, I did volunteer work with him as a youth coordinator. The organization is called “YES”, they vary from many subjects and programs and prevention of drugs and alcohol is one of them. Father Miguel explained to me that the program educates not only the teens that are experimenting with drugs but it also educates the parents and family members of the consequences or behavior their loved one may be going through. He provides consoling services as well as medical services if needed.
How prevalent is drug use or exposure to drug use for this population? Throughout the years he mentions that drug use and the exposure of these drugs are at its highest peak. He talked about how years ago he did not see too many young kids from age 11-15 suffer from drug dependency. He also mentioned that drug distribution was not as accessible as it is today. What are the program’s missions and goals? The programs mission is for children to have a clean, safe, childhood without any drug taking over their prime years.
Our mission is also for these children to have knowledge of the consequences of a lifestyle that involves drugs brings, and how they are able to enjoy their young lives without the stress and dependency of drugs. My goal is to educate as many young children as possible, I deeply belief that with faith, comprehension, and family unity the percentage of drug dependency among children will lower. What activities if any are used to enable the program to reach its goals? We are a very active organization. =) I like for our children to have fun and be children and they are suppose to be.
We have many awareness fairs in our church that involves music, food, prices, and also responsibilities. We want our children to learn how being responsible may also is fun, and how a non drug environment can also be entertaining and pleasurable. We also have marathons/walks in which the children and their families may participate, as well as dances and talents shows. These activities help our organization because we are a non-profit organization and the donations that we reunite by doing these activities help us provide more of our services to the needed children.
This helps are goal of offering help to as many needed children as we possibly can. How successful is the program according to the person you are interviewing? Our program is very successful I may reassure you. I deeply believe that we have helped many families facing a struggle with their child and drugs to overcome such issue. I do not think we are done helping yet, I must say we have a lot more work to do. But I can say that I have seen many of the kids that were once here for help, become successful professionals and some have families and their lives turned out like it was meant for them to live, sober and joyful.
When I see that I can say that the YES program is working. I have to say that I am very proud to have been a part of the YES program when I was a young adult. I think Father Miguel has a lot more work and goals to meet, but they are doing a great job by providing such services to young children that aren’t in the right path. I also think that by linking their closest family members to their therapy is a great way to unite the family once again. One thing others may not agree with the program is that faith is very present, but as a Catholic I think that faith is a major key to the success of their therapy.