HACEP Participates in National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
EL PASO, Texas – Children of employees at The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, TX (HACEP) participated on Thursday in a variety of events during National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the main HACEP offices in South-Central El Paso.
Nearly 35 children participated in activities and demonstrations that mirrored some of the day-to-day functions of HACEP employees. Presentations included a construction workshop, which gave children hands-on experience with simple building materials, a drone flying lesson as HACEP uses drones to visually document the progress of its various community developments under the $1.3 Billion Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Initiative.
Additional workshops and presentations included customer service, finance and accounting, and public relations. All youth participants also had an opportunity to learn about HACEP’s 2018 Annual Art Contest “The Transformation of El Paso.” Any El Paso County resident 11 years and older may join for free, and will have until June 1 to submit artwork for cash prizes. More info found at www.hacep.org/artcontest.
“This event shows the children of HACEP employees the value of education, hard work and caring about those in our community,” states HACEP CEO Gerald Cichon. “With these hands-on and interactive presentations, they took the first step in bridging the connection between the classroom and the real world.”
National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is observed on the fourth Thursday of April through the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation. The day is more than simply shadowing an adult: Children who participate are empowered to confront and overcome societal messages about youth.
Through RAD, HACEP’s housing portfolio will be revitalized and nearly 6,400 HACEP units will be reconstructed or renovated throughout El Paso. To date, approximately 2,400 HACEP units have been completed, with seven communities under construction including Gonzalez Place and Commissioners’ Corner in East El Paso.
About The Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Foundation:
The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation is dedicated to developing innovative strategies and research-based activities in informal educational programs that empower girls and boys in all sectors of society to confront and overcome societal messages about youth so that they may reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives. Through its leadership, expertise, and collaborations, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation advocates for changes in social policy and public awareness on behalf of youth.
MEDIA LINK: Photos, b-roll and interviews can be found here – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1oqPdbugDkbDQF8NlBi-ScqSk9JOPBIsP
The Housing Authority of the City El Paso, TX (HACEP), the 14thlargest housing authority in the United States and manages the 2nd largest public housing portfolio in Texas. Home to the first NetZero, fossil fuel free, LEED Platinum affordable housing community in the U.S., HACEP provides high-quality housing assistance to over 40,000 low-income El Pasoans through its Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Tax Credit, Non-Subsidized and Section 8 New Construction programs.