There are numerous options available around the Las Vegas valley for teens and adolescents with behavioral issues. For example, Toe Tag Monologues.
The local non-profit group is partnering with a businessman to give youth who were once considered delinquent or had issues in the past an opportunity to train and interview for jobs.
Meet Jordan and Diamond. Both have had their fair share of struggles growing up, even getting into trouble with the law.
“Instead of going to school, I was ditching,” said Jordan, attended the Second Chance Job Skills Workshop.
“I got into drugs,” said Diamond, attended the Second Chance Job Skills Workshop.
However, both students have decided to turn their lives around.
“I feel really happy about it,” Diamond said. “I feel really proud of myself.”
“Without education, you don’t really have power,” Jordan said.
The teenagers are among the first group to attend the Second Chance Job Skills Workshop put on by the non-profit Toe Tag Monologues. For the past decade, the organization has been doing life skills workshops at the juvenile detention center.
“One common thread we always had was kids would always say I need a job that’s why I went and did a robbery,” said the founder, R. Byron Stringer.
Stringer is a retired Metro Police officer. He founded the organization to motivate at-risk youth struggling to stay out of trouble, and when he randomly met a successful businessman at a local store and told him about his work.
“It piqued my interest and initially went online to see some of the monologues that were online, and it moved me so much that I wanted to learn more and I did,” said F. Ron Smith, the president, FRSCO Corp.
Smith owns 13 fast food restaurants in the valley. He grew up in the projects in Queens, New York.
“I thought it would be natural for me to offer them an opportunity,” Smith said.
The new friends, Smith and Stringer, came up with the idea to provide training and jobs at Smith’s restaurants.
“The kids are just so happy that they’re learning basic skills, transferable skills that they can take anywhere,” Stringer said.
Since the first workshop in December, more than 35 teens have gone through the program.
Jordan and Diamond will soon start working for Smith as they make plans for college.
“In the future, I want to be a doctor,” Diamond said.
“I want to be a firefighter,” said Jordan.
Any parents who have a troubled teen and would like to learn more about the workshops go here.
You can also contact Kim Flowers at 702-296-1042
The Toe Tag Monologues will participate in Nevada’s Big Give on March 21, 2019.