On March 8, 2013, a Senior VP of Phoenix House, Pouria Abbassi, participated in the Career Day program at the Portola Middle School in the San Fernando Valley. As part of the community outreach program of Phoenix Houses of California, interaction with the youth especially at schools is a high priority. Pouria gave two eighth grade class presentations where he discussed his career, education and experience and the path that has led him to his current engagement with the Phoenix House. He took advantage of this opportunity to provide facts and figures on the impact of substance abuse especially as related to the youth. During the presentation, Pouria emphasized the importance of continuous education, clarity of purpose, confidence in self and compassion for those less fortunate as the building blocks of a successful career.
Mr. Abbassi joined Phoenix House in June 2012 after a successful executive career in hospitality, sports and entertainment industry at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). As the CEO of LACC since 2006, Mr. Abbassi developed and implemented a strategic business plan, built upon three pillars of community, business and environment, to significantly enhance the performance output of the organization. Under his leadership, LACC achieved unprecedented results unmatched in the nation. It was also the first convention center of its size and age to achieve LEED-EB Gold certification. Under his direction LACC also become a model of corporate social responsibility through its services, reach and engagement with various communities in Los Angeles. Mr. Abbassi was one of the key executives involved in the various components of the $1.5 billion LACC modernization and 70,000 plus seats stadium project.
His interest in enviornmental issues has also made an impact on Phoenix House. The agency has recently received a leadership grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to launch the Going Green: Environmental Efficiency Upgrades project at the Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles. After performing a professional energy audit, Phoenix House will incorporate new green technologies into the Los Angeles-based facility.
A firm believer in youth nourishment and education, Mr. Abbassi frequently gives presentations on leadership and visioning to student groups ranging from elementary school through graduate school and mentors young professionals in their careers. He commented about the experience at the Career Day at Portola Middle School: “The students were quite engaged, asked many questions and seemed enthusiastic regarding the subject matters discussed.”
Mrs. Suzanne Miller, GATE/Honors Coordinator at the Portola Middle School thanked Mr. Abbassi: “We have heard so many positive comments about the day from the teachers, students and administrators. We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your taking time out of your busy day to share your career experiences with our students. I know the students learned a great deal about the Phoenix House and your interesting job at the Convention Center. Due to the incredible success of Career Day, we’re planning on providing our students with the same opportunity next year. Your involvement in our first Career Day was crucial to its success.”
For more information about our substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, or to refer someone in need for admission to our residential or outpatient services for teens with co-occurring disorders at the Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles in Lake View Terrace, please call our Call Center at 1 888 671 9392. We are here to help you find the information and services you need!