The sixth annual Passport to Life Career and Education Expo will be held Friday at the San Diego City College campus (1313 Park Blvd.) from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The event is open to people 14 to 24 years of age who are currently on probation or have a probation history. It focuses on the importance of finishing high school, the value of obtaining higher education, and of building work-readiness skills.
The expo will provide probationary youth with messages of hope and the ideas, tools, encouragement, career resources and tools to help them transition into productive adults.
This year’s keynote speakers are two former youth offenders who turned their lives around: Anakaren Ruano and Eliseo Nunez.
Ruano spent her teen years addicted to drugs and moving in and out of the juvenile justice system. After completing rehab, she finished high school and is now a successful college student.
Nunez, a former gang member, moved from juvenile court to the state and federal prison system. By the age of 25, Nunez distanced himself from the negative influences and behaviors of his youth and went back to school, where he graduated with honors. He recently received a national award for his work in the Urban Corps.
One of the featured workshops will include renowned Chicano artist Fabian Debora. Debora, a former East Los Angeles gang member and drug addict, turned his life around and has been showcased in solo and group art exhibitions throughout the United States.
Approximately 80 organizations representing schools, branches of the military, careers, training services, and other resources will staff informational tables and provide opportunities for one-on-one interaction.
1313 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101