Y2y Global Youth Conference 2009 Essay Competition
On September 11, 2007, the date of Lozano's appointment, Stephen Goldsmith, Chairman of the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said "Henry Lozano has devoted his life to grassroots action and citizen problem-solving." In 1985, Henry Lozano, along with the Californian's for Drug Free Youth Board of Directors, created the first Statewide Red Ribbon Campaign in memory of his high school friend, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent.While serving in the line of duty, Camarena was tragically murdered by drug traffickers.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).Youth to Youth empowers young people to become leaders, focusing its programs on issues that teens are most likely to face while growing up today: drugs, alcohol and smoking, negative peer pressure, depression, bullying, relationships, body image, self-concept, and community responsibility.working to strengthen our culture of service and help find opportunities for every American to start volunteering." As Director of USA Freedom Corps, Henry Lozano worked cooperatively to orchestrate and coordinate agencies such as the Peace Corps, Citizen Corps, Ameri Corps and Senior Corps to recruit, mobilize, and encourage all Americans to engage in public service.He was charged with implementing President Bush's vision for volunteerism and creating a "culture of service" in America.There, he became friends with Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who later became a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
And to inspire that in me, she had to continue to reinforce in the public eye, in our community, that I was also a man of integrity. USA Freedom Corps, as part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, was described as a "Coordinating Council...
With the support of Congressman Duncan Hunter and City Councilman David Dhillon, Lozano helped to create and promote "Camarena Clubs" in Imperial Valley, California, Camarena's home.
Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. Drug Enforcement Administration's website says that: "Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated, helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena’s memory and further the cause for which he gave his life.
The impressive results of Teen Challenge have been applauded by Presidents Reagan, George H. "These two people defined for me what I understand today to be an Honorable Son: a son of integrity, a son who responds to the honor of his father’s name, a son who treats his mother with respect.
I had a father who worked seven days a week, and a mother who carried a broom seven days a week – not to sweep the floor but to crack it on our backs if we didn’t respond the way we should have while Daddy wasn’t there." "In addition to discipline and guidance from my mother, I also got the praise and the recognition in our community," he noted. Why did my mother continue to promote her children in this way?