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CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALIST AIDA TORRES AWARDED 2019 WOMAN OF THE YEAR DESIGNATION BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER BLANCA RUBIO

For the past 16 years, Aida has served as the Crime Prevention Specialist for the City of Duarte working with hundreds of at-risk students from the various Duarte Unified School District campuses.  Torres’s a quiet, unassuming person regularly gives of herself to Duarte youth and community member by serving as a mentor, role model, guide, and friend. She continues to teach them life skills that will help them become active and productive members of their community. 

Torres’s commitment to community is also notable having served as a longtime member of the local Duarte Kiwanis Club and as Co-Chair of the Pasadena/Duarte Branch NAACP ACT-SO Youth competition which has garnered six national medals for the Duarte community since 2010.  

Aida is Duarte's Community Mediation team liaison, a grassroots anti-gang effort, open to all community members, as a safe venue for discussion and information sharing. She facilitates Duarte's Annual Unity March to promote peace, tolerance, unity, and understanding. She is a member of the Pasadena NAACP branch, and is a judge and chaperone for Duarte's ACT-SO program. 

She is largely responsible for helping the Duarte Public Safety Department to secure over $800,000 in competitive discretionary grant funds in 2018 that focus on evidence-based prevention, intervention and educational programming for youth in the Duarte, Monrovia, and the Unincorporated County areas. 

In 2019, she helped to secure a new partnership with Azusa Pacific University that will help secure additional grants and continue to build on violence targeted prevention and intervention programs and add mental health support for vulnerable populations in and around the Duarte communities. 

Duarte is very fortunate that Aida is also one of our residents. We are blessed that she shares her heart with the community.