Partners in Prevention (PIP), a division of the city of Longview, is a partnership of more than 300 individuals and organizations working together in respect and trust for a safe, healthy, drug-free community. PIP addresses community barriers by inspiring hope, connecting partners, and building trusting relationships that transform lives.
Johnny Medrano serves on the Partners in Prevention Mentoring Advisory Council and is a volunteer mentor. Mentoring is a relationship between a caring adult and a young person needing additional support and encouragement, and has been found to help young people improve their attitude, feel valued, and face daily challenges. Mr. Medrano encourages his eighth grade mentee to make good choices, do well in school, and complete a high school education with a plan for the future. The two meet for one hour each week at the student’s school, usually during lunch. Mentors help young people celebrate their accomplishments and set high expectations for personal growth and success.
“Talking to young people about my faith and helping them to have a positive future story are highlights of mentoring for me,” Mr. Medrano said. “The East Texas area has various areas to volunteer and make a difference. Our community is experiencing growth and needs everyone to do their part.”
In addition to his commitment to PIP, Mr. Medrano is a volunteer for the Gregg County Chaplain Jail Ministry, serves on the the Longview Parks Advisory Board, and is a member of the Parks and Leisure Services Foundation. He is also involved with Refuge International, Disciple Homes of Longview, and First Tee of the Piney Woods, and serves on the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and the Jack Mann Splash Pad Committee.
Mr. Medrano was born in San Antonio, Texas, and has been a member of the Longview community for 18 years. He graduated from Burbank High School in San Antonio and earned a degree in accounting from Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. Mr. Medrano and his wife, Margie, have been married for 26 years and have an adult daughter, Jessica. The Medranos attend Oakland Heights Baptist Church where Mr. Medrano serves on the benevolence team.
“One of the rewards and joys of life is to be a blessing to others,” Mr. Medrano said. “It is not so much about ‘ability’ as it is about ‘availability.’ You meet new and interesting people and gain additional life experiences. At the end of the day, you hope that you have become a better person and the world a better place because you stepped up.”
For more information on Partners in Prevention, or to become a volunteer mentor, please call 903-237-1019 or visit www.LongviewPartnersinPrevention.com