The City of San Antonio's Code Enforcement Division is working closely with students and faculty from Jefferson High School as part of the Jr. Code Ranger Pilot Program. The purpose of this outreach program is to promote leadership development and encourage students to be proactive in addressing issues impacting their school community.
"Through the Jr. Code Ranger Pilot Program, the City seeks to instill in local students the importance of vital skills such as community involvement and leadership development," said Marc Castro, Code Enforcement Division Assistant Director. "We challenge students, through this program, to find ways to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods and become advocates by learning about code enforcement procedures."
Over the last several weeks, students from Jefferson High School have taken part in various activities including: classroom training on the code enforcement process and top ten code violations, a community tour to observe violations and identify potential projects, property research, and coordination of logistics for peer-selected projects.
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the weeks of planning and coordination will culminate in the completion of several student-selected projects throughout the Jefferson neighborhood. Students will join District 7 Councilman Cris Medina, Code Enforcement Division staff and neighborhood leaders in front of Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave., at 9:30 a.m. to kickoff the day of service. Immediately following the media event, students will proceed to the project sites to begin work.
Schools, parents and teachers interested in learning more about the Jr. Code Ranger Pilot Program and how their respective campuses can participate can contact Joe Frank Picazo, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (210) 207-5421. Information about the City's training programs is available at www.sanantonio.gov/ces/training.aspx.