Community Aims to Inspire Students ‘At-Risk’

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A non-profit organization is reaching out to children in McAllen who may be at risk area for juvenile delinquency.

Today marks the start of the annual ‘Youth Explosion’. This is an event where inspiring community members talk to high school students about leadership and motivation.

This event was hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone Corporation (RGVEZC). This was done in McAllen because the 78501-zip code is identified as an at-risk area by the Texas juvenile justice department.

Monica Duenes, Chief Operations Officer at the RGVEZC said, “[we] tell them about making better choices. It’s not easy, you’ve got to work hard.”

McAllen ISD Superintendent, J.A. Gonzales said ,”The message is [to] never give up on [your] dreams and to know there are a lot of people that care about [you].”

Sergio Castillo Jr. and NFL Free Agent says, “Life is going to happen. There is going to be obstacles. Behind every obstacle there is an opportunity to grow.”

Organizers say they plan to create similar events in the upcoming years.

They plan to visit other at risk areas in Pharr, Raymondville and Lyford.

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