Community Building

Walls That Speak
Creating Murals – a model for prevention and intervention
Bilingual Production Spanish / English

U.S. Center For Substance Abuse Prevention
Santa Cruz County Office of Education

This story chronicles the creation of a remarkable series of murals that were created – their theme “United by pride , dignity and knowledge we heal”. Young people work together with members of their community of all ages to create a message of wellness and beauty that will stand in their community for many years. This Story documents a Positive Models initiated by a community as a Substance Abuse Strategy to battle the negative impact of drug and alcohol , gangs, and the raising tide of youth falling…

This model embraces:

Community Building
Youth Empowerment
Building Self-Esteem
Reaffirmation of one’s cultural heritage: “La cultural cura”
This project was funded by the Center for substance abuse prevention English and Spanish version


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