Border Eco for the month of February selected Sonia Sanchez for our feature story on People that “Echo” in Santa Cruz County. Sonia Sanchez is a prevention specialist for Circles of Peace. She has worked there for 5 years. She started working in the field of prevention on February 2012. Ms. Sanchez currently manages the Anti Alcohol Drug Coalition Team (ADDYCT). It is a group of youth who work within the community to promote drug and alcohol awareness. “ I really enjoy my work. I like working with young people. I want youth to see me as a friend and not an enforcer,” said Ms. Sanchez. She not only works with youth but also parents helping them understand some of the challenges youth face.
“ I feel very fortunate to work in the field I am working in,” said Ms. Sanchez. She is also an active community member in Santa Cruz County. She belongs to several clubs in Santa Cruz County such as the Lions Club, Zonta Club, Rio Rico Rotary Club, Victims Compensation, and a board member of the Women’s Club. Sonia is very passionate about her work. She enjoys working with people. She is a dedicated volunteer helping individuals with alcohol, and substance abuse. She is currently a DUI instructor for Circles of Peace.She also teaches a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) course every other month on Thursday’s from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
“I enjoy teaching these courses that help people get back on track. We all deserve a second chance,” said Sonia Sanchez. Ms. Sanchez was born and raised in Nogales AZ. She is a high school graduate who recently returned to college to further education. She is currently attending Cochise College Santa Cruz Provisional College completing her basics.She is working towards a Bachelor in Human Services. Ms. Sanchez is a happily married, and a mother of 3 children. Her children are what actually motivated her into wanting to get involved in programs that focus on helping young people make healthy choices. According to Ms. Sanchez Judge Maley is an individual who inspired to work in the field of human services. “She provided me with an opportunity to work for Circles of Peace. She is an individual I really admire,” said Sonia.