1. SADD | Students Against Destructive Decisions | Hutto High School

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    SADD TX ChapterThe SADD chapter at Hutto High School in Hutto, TX were in charge of having school assemblies this Spring. The theme for the day was anti-bullying and more specifically, cyberbullying.

    They designed their own shirts which on the front say, Stop Bullying within a stop sign and underneath it they have the Like Button like you would see on Facebook. In the back of the shirt they have the slogan that they came up with, “Think before you click”. Many in the auditorium were wearing the shirts to show their support of the SADD chapter on campus. These programs help students take initiative at school and it help them take leadership positions on campus.

    The chapter was created by one of the teachers on campus, but it’s really a student led program. For example, the students created a cyberbullying video and showed it to the student body at the beginning of each school assembly. The video will also be submitted into a nationwide contest where chapters from across America will submit their videos as well.

    As you can see, the SADD organization has done a fantastic job at getting students and teachers involved in spreading the word on campuses about how to keep student from making destructive decisions. They also make it a point to let students know the consequences that their decisions can have on themselves, their families and the people around them.

    Fabian Ramirez was the keynote speaker at each assembly at Hutto High School and he was able to talk about how Love is great than hate (Love>Hate). He basically taught students how to implement the Golden Rule in their every day lives and when they show love and respect to others, they instantly become leaders because people will want to follow them. I recommend hiring Fabian to be the next anti-bullying speaker at your next school assembly.

    Hutto High School SADD chapter

    SADD Chapter at Hutto HS

  2. Youth Conference in McAllen Texas

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    Student in class

    Students

    This is an exciting week for me. I have the priveledge of speaking to Hispanic teenagers in McAllen, TX on Friday June 25, 2010. The event coordinator said that they are expecting 700-900 Hispanic students. This is exciting to me because I thoroughly enjoy spending time with young people who care about making positive decisions.

    The conference is being put on my a company called Workforce Solutions. They have several locations around Texas but the one hosting the event is located in the valley. I believe this conference is taking place at the Convention Center so they are investing some money into these kids.

    This says a lot about this company. I did some reading on their website and it looks like they are a staffing agency, but they also are youth advocates, doing all they can to produce positive results in young people. Student have an opportunity to spend the whole day on Friday listening to keynote speakers and attending seminar workshops.

    I enjoy leading workshops because they can be small and inclusive. I’m going to be talking about leadership and how students have an opportunity to change their family tree. Teens may not see it at their age but the decisions they make will impact the rest of their lives. I’ll share how one day can change your whole life. I will also emphasize how we are walking resumes so always treat people with respect they may end up wanting to hire you.

    Have you ever met someone that you would hire if you owned a business? I have. Would you hire you? I would. These are the kind of questions that teenagers need to be asking of themselves and so i’ll be able to share this kind of knowledge with them. Of course i’m going to touch base on college and how education has changed my life. I’ll share how I struggled early during my junior college years but when I got to the University I excelled and received good grades.

    I’m planning on taking my graduation regalia. You never know, some students have never seen what they look like up close, some have never seen a college degree either. Well at least they’ll get to see what a college grad looks like and since i’m Hispanic, they’ll see that I look like them giving them the motivation they need to also see themselves finishing high school and going to college.