Juan's parents were ordered to attend the
King County Truancy
While attending this workshop Juan's parents met
Diana Parra, Truancy Workshop Coordinator, in the King County Prosecutor's Office. Diana listened to the parent's concerns and thought Juan could really use a mentor.
The parents agreed and a referral was made to the
4C Coalition Mentor Program
. The 4C personnel matched Juan with
. Bobby meets with Juan every Monday, and has committed to mentoring Juan for at least one year.
Bobby was truly a blessing for Juan and his family. Bobby really enjoys working with youth and he speaks fluent Spanish. He is motivated to give back because he sees himself, and his childhood in Juan.
Being able to communicate is key in any relationship, but in this instance it was critical. Mom and dad do not speak English and found many barriers when advocating for their son.
Juan subsequently fell between the cracks. Juan never attended school more than two days in a row. Bobby began to work with Juan and his family to identify attainable goals.