The program helps prepare the children of Toledo to become professionals


At a press conference, the former mayor of Toledo Carty Finkbeiner called for young people to have more opportunities. FLOC Homies is a group that is committed

TOLEDO, Ohio – In light of the recent upsurge in crime, one of Toledo’s former mayors calls for more opportunities for young people.

We contacted one of those programs known as FLOC Homies Program.

It aims to show children that they can be successful.

Every day of the week, the FLOC Homies Union meets at Agricultural Work Organization Committee building for two hours.

“Program for 14 and 24 year olds, high school students looking to develop better as professionals, looking for jobs, opportunities to reinvest in the community,” said Alonso Southard, program manager.

He works with students in an environment that gives them the tools and resources to understand what success can look like.

“I learned to write resumes, to do interviews. Speaking in a professional manner, such as body movements, eye contact. Stuff like that, ”said Ruben Alonso, intern at FLOC Friends Union Program.

Interns are also paid to be part of the program.

“Over 50 percent of students who apply, at the end of the program, they are either lined up for work or already working. The aim of the program is to set them up with internships in the community so that they can better understand what the workplace looks like, ”said Southard.

For someone like Jasmine Scott, it’s giving her a chance one day to achieve her aspirations.

“I just know that I want to help people get better. So I turn to a psychiatric unit for the younger ones and I’m also a teacher. I haven’t decided yet,” Scott said.

Classes prevent children from leaving the streets and encourage them to improve.

“I like to instill a sense of self-determination in the students I work with. Give them a chance to work with the CEO mindset as opposed to the beginner’s mind, so they know how to move up the ladder.” , said Southard.

And an opportunity to create professional and personal development.

If you’re interested in the program, Southard says you can stop by to check it out at 1221 Broadway St., or you can call 419-243-3456 and visit



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