Brawley Boys and Girls Club enjoy Career Week

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Agent Ray and Jailynn Lopez
Agent Ray and Jailynn Lopez

BRAWLEY – Career Exploration Week at the Brawley Boys and Girls Club was in full swing Wednesday afternoon as local Brawley Law Enforcement Officers stopped by to share a few words with the children of one of the more noble career choices for their future.

Throughout the visit, Law Enforcement Agent Ray and Officer Gonzales answered questions fielded by the boys and girls and also gave a quick demonstration of the lights and sounds of law enforcement vehicles.

Questions ranged from how to become a police officer to different questions concerning the law in general from the older members of the club, along with the usual “do you know my uncle” questions from the younger boys and girls club members. The Q and A kept the officers on their toes and showed how interested the kids were in the law enforcement field.

“We wanted the police officers to come in so the kids could see them in person, from a different point of view, not just as they see them when they are out on duty,” said Brawley Boys and Girls Club Coordinator Angelica Garcia.

Brawley Law Enforcement Agent Ray could not have been happier with the enthusiasm and excitement shown by the Boys and Girls of the Brawley Club and coming from a city in Northern California where there wasn’t a similar type club for kids to spend free time, he was encouraged by the organization for the kids. He is hopeful that even through tough economic times there will be more programs and events like this to come.

“The fact that they’re able to keep this going, to keep these kids here and give them something to do, the fact that they want us to come over to talk to them and the fact that the kids are exited when we come over, its pretty cool,” said Agent Ray of the day at the Club.

“We’re trying to get more programs going. We have got the new chief and he is very supportive of things like this and any opportunity we get to do this,” added Agent Ray.

The police visit was one of the activities of a weeklong introduction to many different career fields for the children of the Boys and Girls Club.

Brawley Club Coordinator Angelica Garcia and her staff have been hard at work scheduling people from different careers to come in and speak to the kids about their chosen field.

Along with the Law Enforcement officers the kids will meet teachers, postal workers, and a dental hygienist throughout the week in an effort to broaden their view of the opportunities they will have as they go forward in their lives.

“This week we are focusing on careers and those people out there who are public figures or people the kids may look up to and expose that to them,” said Angelica Garcia.