After-school program pairs Tigua elders with youth

The Tigua Tribe of Texas has started an after-school program that pairs elders with youth.

The Youth Prevention Intervention Program aims to keep youth ages 5-17 connected with Tigua culture. The tribe also hopes the elders will encourage youth to stay away from drugs and unsafe sex.

About 68 students are taking part this year. After they are done with school, they head to the tribe's community health center to spend two hours with their elder mentors.

According to Angel Montoya, the tribe's alcohol and substance abuse prevention coordinator, the program has been successful. Most of the students who are participating are getting better grades.

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