Fort Bend ISD Board President, Susan Hohnbaum, sponsored a recent day-long leadership seminar as part of the FBISD Junior Student Leadership Program. The seminar was the third in a series of six that will be offered to the leadership class this school year. The session gave students the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Fort Bend County Juvenile Detention Center and the Fort Bend County Justice Center to learn about their roles in the community.
During their visit to the Fort Bend County Juvenile Detention Center, the leadership class met with Brian Fraser, Detention Superintendent; and Frankie Hill, Assistant Superintendent; who explained their roles at the center and shared details on how the center operates. The students also toured of the facilities.
Following their tour, the student leaders visited the Fort Bend County Justice Center to meet with County Court at Law Judge Susan Lowery and her staff. Judge Lowery explained the role of the County Court at Law, and spoke about the types of cases she handles, including murder, aggravated assault and shoplifting. She reminded the students of the consequences of shoplifting and other misdemeanors, saying, “Shoplifting is one of the worst things you can do because no one will want to hire you with a misdemeanor on your record.”
Students also heard from John Harrity, Chief Appellate Prosecutor, District Attorney’s Office; Robin Rosen, Court Reporter; Kyle Dobbs, Juvenile Detention Center Probation Officer; and Daniel Limas, Bailiff.
“The students were enthusiastic and actively involved in this session,” said Susan Hohnbaum, FBISD Board President. “They received a wealth of information from community leaders, who were eager to share their knowledge of the court system and juvenile detention center. I enjoyed seeing the students interact with Judge Lowery and the other professionals. I am sure this session will have a lasting effect on their lives.”
The leadership seminar also included a “Lead with your Strengths” lesson, taught by Yolanda Young, Coordinator in the Organizational Development Department. During the lesson, Young reminded students that they can bring fulfillment to their lives and to those around them by focusing on their strengths each day.
At the conclusion of the session, FBISD Board Member Sonal Bhuchar joined Hohnbaum in explaining their leadership roles as members of the FBISD Board of Trustees and in their professions. They also explained how the Junior Student Leadership Program was created and their goals for the program. Program facilitator, Linda Ruther, also led students in a recap of the day’s events, reminding them about the importance of the roles each professional plays in the community.