Upcoming Event: Anti-Gang Career Day

Moderated by Jennifer Reyna of KPRC TV

The City of Houston Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office will host a youth career day on Thursday, August 6 from 10 am until 12 noon at Ripley House, 4410 Navigation. As part of the Anti-Gang Office’s summer youth enrichment program, this is the second year the event has been held.  About 50 youth participants from all over the city will hear from ten panelists that include Hilton Koch of Hilton Furniture, professional boxer Juan Diaz, Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams, and Peter Difilippantonio, CEO of Jobbing.com.

“Each of our panelists has a unique story, so we encourage them to share the life experiences they faced – good or bad – that got them where they are today,” said Patricia Harrington, Director of the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office.  “It reinforces to young people that any obstacle can be faced.”

In addition to learning about the various professions of the panelists, participants will also receive information on the types of jobs that will be most in demand within the next five to ten years and how to plan for education and training for those positions.

The Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office provides delinquency prevention and gang intervention services for youth and families in Houston, Harris and surrounding counties.

I’m excited to be a part of the Anti-Gang Career Day for the 2nd year in a row. If you search my blog entries you can find pictures from last year. I hope to follow up with some of the children and bring you results of the impact our day had on them. For this year, our focus is to answer questions and talk with troubled teens about their future. I love working in this area because it is such a crucial time in people’s lives…it gives us the ability to really change one’s journey. It’s never too late to reach out. -Jen

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