Y2y Global Youth Conference 2009 Essay Competition
They pay homage not only to Special Agent Camarena, but to all men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation’s struggle against drug trafficking and abuse." Henry Lozano was president and CEO of Californians for Drug-free Youth (CAFDY), a non-profit organization working to bring parents, youth, schools and communities together to create and support safe and healthy communities (from 1996 to 2007).
Bush noted that Lozano is a graduate of Teen Challenge. Lozano spoke about his family heritage and the importance of the traditional values in guiding and encouraging young people to pursue a life of service and volunteerism. My mother’s side are Apache from southwestern New Mexico," he said.This tradition of hosting Peace Corps volunteers for a formal White House send-off before the trainees leave for their service has been continued by every sitting President since Richard Nixon.In conjunction with the White House event, Lozano was interviewed on "Ask the White House," an online interactive forum that allowed the public to interact with Cabinet Secretaries, Senior White House Officials, behind-the-scenes professionals at the White House, and others.Bush at the White House for a celebration of "National Volunteer Week" and an event honoring Americans who give of their time to help the less fortunate and create impact in communities at home and around the globe."I believe strongly in the admonition, 'To whom much is given, much is required'," President Bush said.Henry Lozano (born August 24, 1948) is a non-profit executive and grassroots organizer.His years of public service culminated in his post at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of USA Freedom Corps. Bush asked Lozano to step into the job of Deputy Assistant to the President and director of USA Freedom Corps."Those of you here today are living up to that noble calling.And you carry on the best traditions of American citizenship." During an East Room ceremony, President Bush recognized 33 Peace Corps trainees preparing to leave for Guatemala and thanked them for dedicating their lives to serving others.In 1974, Henry Lozano joined Teen Challenge, a faith-based, global ministry program for substance abuse treatment.It was an appointment with fate that would change the direction of his life toward service and volunteering. Bush, who credits his Christian faith for his own victory over alcohol abuse, has praised Teen Challenge ever since he was Governor of Texas, saying it works "to change people's lives by changing their hearts." In an interview with the Rockefeller Institute, he spoke about Teen Challenge and how this experience was colored by his parent's traditional values: "I walked in the Teen Challenge doors in 1974 as a student.