Madrina-Padrino Traffic Safety Project
The Madrina Padrino (MP) project began as a NHTSA-funded pilot project to the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association with sites in San Antonio, Texas; Tuscon, Arizona; and Los Angeles, California.
MP builds upon the cultural tradition among Hispanics of seeking advice and guidance from godmothers (madrinas) and godfathers (padrinos). The project enlists community-based organizations (CBOs) to serve as madrinas and padrinos, or trusted friends who pledge to ensure the community's safety and well-being and to counsel, advocate for, and strengthen families in pursuit of improved community traffic safety.
Through this project, the CBOs provide culturally appropriate traffic safety education to the parents they serve.
Through funding provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Surgery is partnering with community-based organizations in San Antonio, Laredo, El Paso, and McAllen, to implement and expand the Madrina-Padrino Traffic Safety Project.
- Harlandale ISD
- Edgewood ISD
- Family Violence Prevention Services
- Guadalupe Community Center
- Methodist Healthcare Ministries / Wesley Community Center
- Avance San Antonio
- Office of Border Affairs, Laredo
- Thomason Hospital, El Paso
- Migrant Health Promotions, Rio Grande Valley
With participation from these community-based organizations, UTHSCSA coordinates regular, bilingual parent training sessions, and manages the bilingual public education and information campaign for the project.
(These are PowerPoint presentations.)
- Child Passenger Safety Training
- Safety Belt Training
- Drinking and Driving Training
- Seguridad del Niño Pasajero
- Manejar Bajo la Influencia del Alcohol
- Cinturon de Seguridad
Madrina-Padrino Traffic Safety Brochure:
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