Founded in 2009, the organization’s goal is to improve economic independence by providing skill building classes to low income individuals residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since 2010, the Fathers & Families Coalition of Utah has operated the Young Parent Prevention (YPP) program and Jobs Work Program focuses on low income young adults age 15-24 in Salt Lake County. The program provides evidence based life skills training, teen parenting skills, and tutoring to support improved interpersonal skills, problem solving, academic achievement and self-sufficiency through earned income. Through the services of the YPP program, 260 youth annually are provided services that help them make better choices including the avoidance of pregnancy and the challenges, pain and fear that comes from having children at a young age. The programs are anchored with funding received from the State of Utah and is operated in collaboration with Salt Lake School District’s Horizonte Instruction Center.
Lorraine Rojas – Rogers
Young Parent Prevention Coordinator & Educator
Lorraine is a bilingual professional offering over 20 years experience in education and social work with an emphasis in youth and diverse populations. She has a B.S. in Psychology, a B.A. in Sociology, and Criminology Certificate from the University of Utah. She has a passion for higher education, advocating for under-represented youth, and is excited to be apart of the FFCU team since April 2018. In her free time, Lorraine can be found spending time with her family and beloved pets, or volunteering in her community.
Jobs Work Program Coordinator
Veronica Bustillos has been empowering high risk teens for over 15 years, she has worked for the Police Dept. in the Special Victims Unit to support the community with any kind of trauma; Domestic Violence, suicide, sexual assault, accidents and deaths. Veronica has served in the Metro Gang Unit as the Gang Prevention Specialist, giving her heart and soul to help FFCU youth and gang affiliated youth to overcome violent tendencies, and providing them with tools to sustain them in making better choices in their future. Veronica is a dedicated single mother of 4 kids that she is extremely proud of, she is loyal and committed to continue to be a role model to them and our community. Veronica is also Ms. Mexico 2018-2019!
Dajana Perkovic has been in the digital marketing and events industry since 2013, she started her career as a Social Media Coordinator and expanded to Project Management at local agencies in Salt Lake City. In 2014, Dajana began working in Freelance, where she met Frank Bedolla, the founder of FFCU, in 2017 and began to work with him and staff. Dajana maintains our website and finds events for our “Good Start” food truck and “-32 Degrees” snow cone booth with our Jobs Work Program. Dajana has worked closely alongside FFCU’s founder, Frank Bedolla, to help grow our brand and programs and is excited to be apart of FFCU’s growth. Dajana is from Bosnia & Herzegovina and has been living in Utah since she was a child, she visits as often as possible and enjoys traveling in her spare time.
Young Parent Prevention & Jobs Work Educator
Lindly Fernandez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and has a great passion for family life education. The majority of her time at school was spent studying the effects of divorce, and consequences of father abandonment. She has helped with community classes focusing on healthy relations at Utah Valley University’s Strengthening Families Project, and Utah State University Extension’s PREP Program. Lindly has spent a significant amount of time working with local nonprofits, including The Road Home and Change4love. Lindly loves the opportunity to help those in her classrooms and the community.