By Roxanne Macias
La Prensa de San Antonio
SAN ANTIONIO -- Last Friday Fuerza Unida Inc. closed its summer youth program with a celebration and unveiling of a mural and community garden.
During the celebration, 11 youth leaders talked about their experience in the seven-week summer program. Guest of honor was Univision Channel 41 reporter Arantxa Loizaga.
Different topics that pertain to teenagers were covered throughout the program. Social issues such as teen dating violence, the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy are taught.
Additionally, environmental and economic justice issues are discussed in-depth. The students, whose ages range from 13 to 16 attended field trips, engaged in teambuilding activities and participated in intense workshops.
Johnson high school student and Fuerza Unida participant Sean Encino told La Prensa that he came across the Fuerza Unida organization through an online search, and what he learned about the organization was surprising.
Encino found it hard to believe that many hard-working ex-employees of the Levi Strauss & Company (LS& C) were treated so unjustly after the closure of the San Antonio plant which was located on South Zarzamora in the 1990's.
"To see this struggle out here, it is eye-opening," said Encino.