One of the state’s top anti-gang experts, Victor Gonzales, Jr., will be the featured guest at the upcoming Security & Public Safety Luncheon for The Energy Corridor District, Wednesday, March 20, at the Omni Houston Westside.
With more than two decades of experience working with high-risk youths, Gonzales has helped mitigate gangs and turned around lives. His energetic talks have been described as captivating and motivating.
Gonzales’ expertise with at-risk youths and gangs runs deep.
As Director of Program Services for the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office in Houston, Gonzales has spent 14 years working directly with youths involved in Houston-area gangs. His work includes substance abuse intervention and prevention programs. For the past six years, Gonzales has been the Program Manager for the Gang Violence Reduction Team and Community Block Development Grant Anti-Gang Initiatives.
Gonzales will discuss how gangs develop and spread, while offering solutions to deter gang activity – covering techniques that establish rapport and develop trust with gang members, and the importance of understanding gang dynamics, signs, symbols and gang activity in the community. Gonzales’ work with at-risk youths depends upon prevention, intervention and suppression strategies all working together simultaneously.
A typical story about how Gonzales helped one young person escape the gang life can be read by clicking here.
The Security & Public Safety meeting for The Energy Corridor District runs from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch will be served.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn how we can decrease gang activity. To reserve your luncheon spot, please call The Energy Corridor District’s Rachael Weaver, (281) 759-3800.