On Friday, June 14th, 2013, the Austin Community College hosted their annual “Sounds of Freedom” Juneteenth Celebration at their Eastview Campus. The event commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas with a day of festivities and music, and many community-based organizations and non-profit organizations were invited to attend. Our Phoenix House Academy of Austin prevention staff and specialists Cathy Runnels, Nensi Pembe, and Victor Hugo Guitron attended the celebration and provided families with information about Phoenix House’s treatment programs.
The day was filled with music and fun activities for all ages, including a dominos tournament, a talent showcase, and a teen summit. Phoenix House staff hosted fun interactive games that educated parents and children about the dangers of tobacco. Participants were also treated to cold popsicles and refreshments to beat the Austin summer heat.
“We were so glad to be a part of this event,” said Victor Guitron, Phoenix House prevention specialist. “In addition to handing out information about the harms of tobacco use, we had the unique opportunity to speak with and educate a diverse audience ranging from school-age kids to senior citizens.”