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The Young Dream Changers program in Houston, Texas only started two years ago, but it’s already a success. The small student program is part of the larger Community in Schools (CIS) organization in Houston’s Baytown area. CIS focuses on keeping kids in school. The Young Dream Changers program goes a step further, targeting high-risk kids with a history of truancy and expulsion, and exposed to negative influences such as gangs and drugs.
Chris Carmona, an attorney and co-chairman of the Young Republican National Federation, was involved from day one, when Young Dream Changers was just a pilot concept. The project started as a 10-week summer program aimed at providing at-risk kids with adult mentorship and community service opportunities.
The program kicked off with 20 middle school boys between the ages of 12 and 14. These students had to earn their way into the program by expressing commitment to the summer plan. Meanwhile, adults like Chris offered practical advice and participated in community engagement.
“We want to give these kids some value,” Carmona explained. “We offer things like grooming tips and how to do an interview. We do this on top of the service projects, plus regular teamwork or trust-building exercises.”
“It’s not just fluff,” he stressed. “We want to teach these kids what to do in real life situations. We want it to be fun but also serious. That way these kids know they have alternatives.”
December 10, 2014
Chris Carmona, an attorney for the plaintiffs, Joetta Stevenson, Synethia Hall and Phyllis D. Johnson, said they were considering their next steps.
…”But if HISD had any respect for their community and the judicial system, they would allow proper time for plaintiffs to exercise their right to appeal if they so choose before moving forward with demolition.”
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‘An anti-, anti-, anti- image’
Many of the Latino Young Republicans — a small but notable group at the convention — talk about their membership with mixed feelings. On the one hand, they believe in the party’s small-government, faith-and-family principles. On the other, they bristle at some of the anti-immigrant talk within the party.
Texas YR official Chris Carmona made the point explicitly at one breakout session. Thanks to party members’ harsh words, Republicans are thought of in the Hispanic community as anti-immigrant, anti-family and anti-religious, he observes. “We have an anti-, anti-, anti- image of everything possible in the Hispanic community.”