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Local program educates at-risk kids about possible career opportunities

Posted at 7:39 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 20:39:27-05

A group of local kids a part of the Hammond Education Leadership Program were given the opportunity to learn about the transportation industry.

The kids who participated are considered 'at risk' in the Juvenile Justice System. This opportunity allowed the kids to look at possible jobs they could have in the future.

Dr. Ridge Hammons, the director of the program, said it's all about providing a future to the kids.

"Sometimes students think that because they made a mistake a long the way, like we all do, that their lives are kind of shut down. We don't believe that, we believe that they all have something to give, and something to get out of being part of the great civilization down here in South Texas."

The program, H.E.L.P, takes probationary Juvenile Justice Center students on trips twice a month, and provides them a look into various possible jobs and industries to help them find a possible future career.