From 1994 to 2001, Aspira de Puerto Rico developed a family-to-family peer mentoring model of substance abuse prevention based on the Latino concept of compadres (godparents).
Under the project, 44 carefully selected and trained "strong" families—compays—were assigned as peer counselors to 69 Head Start families in San Isidro who were substance abusers or at risk of substance abuse.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program, Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities.
Researchers from Mathematica Policy Research examined the Aspira project as part of an evaluation of the Free to Grow national program.
The researchers concluded that: