Luz Social Services, Inc. -> Luz Southside Coalition
Target Area: The Luz Southside Coalition serves youth and other community members living in the barrios of the Southside of Tucson. The geographic boundaries of Luz Southside are: 22nd Street to the North, Los Reales and Valencia Roads in the South, Country Club to the East, and the Santa Cruz River to the West.
Vision Statement: The Luz Southside Coalition will serve to promote a safer and healthier lifestyle among the residents of our target area.
Mission Statement: The mission of the coalition is to provide the members of our community with opportunities for educational, social and personal development; as well as to provide prevention skills and community mobilization to create a safe and healthly environment for our families, children, and other residents of our community.
Programs of Luz Southside Coalition
Barrio Families & P.A.D.R.E.S. Programs
Barrio Families uses the Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families & Communities curriculum. The goal is to reduce substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, gang involvement, child abuse and family violence. Short-term objectives are: increasing parent competence and parental involvement in community activities, increasing family bonding, decreasing family conflict, and increasing child self-esteem, self-discipline, and social competency. Upon graduation, parents are invited to join the P.A.D.R.E.S. (Parents Against Drugs Through Education & Service) community mobilization and parenting support group.
Juntos Podemos Environmental Prevention Program
This program uses community mobilization to chang community laws, norms and policies regarding drug use. Program Objectives include: reducing the number of billboards in the southside of Tucson promoting alcohol use, violence and other risky behaviors; addressing the oversaturation of liquor licenses in the southside of Tucson; and conducting media literacy presentations to raise community awareness.
Cariño y Salud Prevention Project
The purpose of this project is to improve the health status relative to HIV/AIDS of Latino youth and their families. The project works to: 1) educate Latino youth about HIV/AIDS and to reduce youth risk-taking behaviors that may result in HIV infection; 2) educate Latino parents about HIV/AIDS and to improve parent-child communication and relationships; and 3) develop and implement a culturally-competent community-based grassroots HIV/AIDS Public Awareness Campaign aimed at the latino community. Visit www.takethetesttucson.org or www.haztelapruebatucson.org for more information.
This project works to: 1) reduce vulnerability to substance abuse and violence among students in grades 6-8 at Wakefield Middle School by implementing Botvin's Life Skills Training Program, and 2) to engage students at Wakefield Middle School in prevention alternative activities that provide challenging positive growth experiences, leading to the development of self-reliance and independence, by offering culturally competent health alternatives for free time within the community setting.
Luz Southside Coalition Cultural Events
- Segundo de Febrero Speaker Series
- Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo
- Diez y Seis de Septiembre
- Día de la Raza
- Día de Los Muertos
- Thanksgiving in the Barrio
- Las Posadas en el Barrio