Soledad Pathways to Success
Soledad Mayor Anna Velazquez (left) visits with Elizabeth Aguilar, victim assistance advocate, at the Soledad Police booth during the Pathways to Success event at Main Street Middle School on March 2. (Courtesy of Anna Velazquez)

SOLEDAD — Partners For Peace presented a community event earlier this month focused on empowering Soledad’s youth and their families with the tools and knowledge for a successful future.

The event, “Pathways to Success,” was held March 2 at Main Street Middle School in Soledad. It included breakfast and lunch, a short program and several workshops meant to instill career interests as well as tools to take home and use as a family for parents, caregivers and youth.

“Pathways to Success creates an environment where families are equipped with the essential building blocks of love, boundaries and monitoring,” said Vicki Law, executive director of Partners For Peace. “Youth thrive when given opportunities to explore, plan and realize their aspirations.”

The workshops for youth included hands-on activities to introduce various career opportunities, while parents and caregivers participated in sessions offering crucial tips and tools for nurturing healthy, thriving families.

Local agencies, organizations and businesses serving the Soledad area were invited to contribute by hosting a resource table and offering attendees resource information and support services. Among those with booths were Central California Alliance for Health, Door to Hope, Padres Unidos, Save the Whales, Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast, and Soledad Parks and Recreation.

The first 200 attendees also received a special swag bag and were entered in drawings throughout the day.

“Pathways to Success provides both caregivers and youth with the necessary tips, tools and techniques to thrive in today’s world,” Law said. “This is possible in Soledad through the ongoing support of the City of Soledad and the Soledad Police Department, who share our vision of building strong families for a peaceful community.”

Special guests included Soledad Mayor Anna Velazquez and Police Chief Damon Wasson, who addressed the attendees offering support and encouragement. 

“Thank you Partners 4 Peace, City of Soledad, Soledad Police Department and all the nonprofit organizations and groups that joined today’s Pathways to Success at Main Street Middle School,” said Velazquez in a social media post. “I’m proud of the partnerships focused on the success of our youth and families!”

Since 1995, Partners For Peace has dedicated itself to building strong families and a peaceful community. Through a series of family prevention/intervention classes and mentoring programs, the organization has been an advocate for family health and success throughout Monterey County. 

For more information about Partners For Peace and the “Pathways to Success” event, visit

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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