Posted: Mar 27, 2013 4:15 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 27, 2013 6:51 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - When someone gets in trouble with the law at an early age officials say there is a good chance they will repeat that behavior, but the HELP program is trying to change that.
"When you get in trouble it's not really that good. So it helps you out with your future and they help you out and tell you what to do make it better," said Juvenile Justice Center student Itati Reyes.
So to help those students see what careers they could have if they make positive changes, they got to visit the Port of Corpus Christi and the Coast Guard today.
"It's pretty cool. I like it. It's like not a lot of people do this, but we do. I like it," said Juvenile Justice Center student Javier Garza.
But they didn't just stand on the side lines, they were able to get on the boats and see up close what the Coast Guard does every day.
"I like it. It's something new. Something new to experience," said Juvenile Justice Center student Emanuel Perez.
Mentors with HELP and the Juvenile Justice Center hope this experience will introduce the students to careers and paths they never knew existed.
And when I asked Garza if he would consider a career with the Coast Guard he told me, "Yeah. If I finish high school, yeah."
So by having a new goal in life the hope is they will make some major life changes to reach their dream job, and not have another run in with the law.
If you would like more information about the HELP program visit their website at www.helphelp.us.
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