Commitment to Our Youth

When we experienced five teen suicides in five years, I collaborated with the Superintendent of the Monrovia Unified School District to find a formal way to address the situation. A group entitled Healing Connections resulted, and is now in its third year of educating and nurturing the youth of our community. This is a true grassroots organization with partners from the City, the School District, the Monrovia Ministerial Association, youths from Monrovia High School, local mental health providers and parents.

For the past six years, we have held a Youth Summit, which I created with Duarte Mayor Paras-Caracci. This year the summit is a joint effort of the Monrovia Youth Commission, Teen Advisory Board, MHS student leadership, the School District and the City. I was instrumental in bringing the Monrovia Youth Employment Service (YES) to Monrovia. I support our local youth non-profits by not just attending their events but working within the structure and directly with the youth, serving as District Chair (2013-2015) of the Lucky Baldwin Boy Scout District, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills and as founding member of Healing Connections. I also support and serve the following youth organizations:

  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Santa Anita Family YMCA
  • Monrovia Youth Commission
  • Monrovia Library Teen Advisory Board
  • Santa Fe Middle School
  • Monrovia Adult School
  • Canyon Oaks High School

“So glad I was in Monrovia to attend the Mayoral Candidate Forum. I’m voting for Mayor Lutz on April 14th because not only has she been a great role model for the youth in this city, but she has been proactive in the creation of one of my biggest accomplishments, Healing Connections. She has gone above and beyond in reaching out and helping my classmates and the youth in ensuring they have the resources they need to get help in their times of depression and sorrow.”
Sashary Zaroyan

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