By Sylvia Bolling
The Bucker Aldine Family Hope Center was truly proud of their Teen Business Luncheon held Tuesday, August 9th at the Hilton Houston North. Guest speaker was Len Cannon of KHOU television.
This luncheon was the culmination of the 23 teen participants’ 9 week summer program as they became entreprenuers and started the Aldine Treasurers Event Planning Business. They learned how to write a business plan, presented it to a panel of business people, learned about marketing, fundraising, financial accounting, budgeting, career exploration, performed community service, and lots more. We appreciate all the volunteers and guest speakers who helped during the summer program. The business luncheon was planned by the students and they did an impressive presentation for all who attended.
We want to thank all the Event and Table Sponsors, including–Aldine ISD, Allegiance Bank, Christie Brush, East Aldine District, Ferguson Enterprise, Congressman Gene Green, Doug and Pam Mazuir, Joseph Poon, Toribio Andaluz, Randy Pullin, Renee Reimer, State Representative Sefronia Thompson, Toney Construction Services, Woodforest National Bank, and Zinc, Inc. We also appreciate everyone who supported the luncheon by purchasing tickets and attending as special guests. Your support allowed the luncheon to be very successful.
It is important that we recognize and applaud the teens who were so dedicated throughout the summer and completed the 9 week program. They are- Laylah Acosta, Javier Corza, Juan Dominguez, Narda Dominguez, Miguel Flores, Juan Gallegos, Pedro Gonzales, Mark Guerrero, Leonardo Herrera, Alexus Johnson, Justin Kring, Vanessa Leyva, David Lomas, Stephania Mata, Armando Medina, Leandro Mingo, Trevian O’Neil, Ruby Pena, Joseph Prejean, Saul Quintero, Alexandria Rodriguez, Juan Rodriguez, and Alondra Zaragoza. It is so important to recognize their positive choice to be involved in a program which will have such a positve impact in their lives.
The net proceeds from the luncheon allows them to help their families by being able to purchase their own school clothes and supplies.
We were blessed to have Len Cannon, KHOU Channel 11, to be the guest speaker and he truly delivered an inspirational message that everyone needed to hear and enjoyed. A very special thanks to the Hilton Houston North Hotel for partnering with the program to allow the students to have the luncheon there and also serve as their job shadowing site throughout the summer.
On behalf of Shawna Roy, Director- Buckner Aldine Famiy Hope Center and Teen Life Skills Trainers Chandra Dean and Wesley Bumpus, we thank all involved for partnering with us to make a positive difference in the lives of our teens and their families.
For more information about the teen program and/or all the other programs and services offered at the Center, call 281-449-4828.