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Project LAKAS

7100 Mission Street
Daly City CA 94014
Phone 650-756-3230
Fax 650-756-2851

Prevention Specialist: Marnelle "Bingo" Marasigan

Asian American Recovery Services offers youth prevention and treatment services to North San Mateo County residents from its site in Daly City. We collaborate with the school districts to provide prevention services to Daly City middle and high schools, offering curricula based in life skills and youth development models. Outpatient substance abuse counseling services are offered to youth referred through San Mateo County Office of Juvenile Probation. We are also involved in the training and implementation of Asset Development in the Daly City community.

Project Lakas (from the Tagalog word strength), is a developmental project which involves the training of the community on the 40 Developmental Assets model, pioneered by the Search Institute. The Developmental Assets is a prescription for raising healthy children in a community, and it involves positive interactions between the youth, their families, their teachers, the administrators at their schools, the support staff at their schools, the community peace officers—potentially every member of the community.

Asian American Recovery Services staffs, trained by affiliates of the Search Institute, are working with the Bayshore Elementary School District to train District Staffs (teachers, administrators, counselors, support staffs) on the Developmental Assets. In the second year, the Developmental Assets Model will involve the Daly City community to modify the Developmental Assets Model in order to more effectively target local Filipino families and their communities.

Project Lakas is funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, and involves collaboration with the Bayshore Elementary School District, Garnet J. Robertson Intermediate School, and the Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative.

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