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March 19, 2001

Maldonado ends training course

PECOS, March 19, 2001 - Army Pvt. Benjamin R. Maldonado Jr. has graduated from the light-wheel vehicle mechanic advanced individual training (AIT) course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the course, the student was trained to perform maintenance on vehicle power assisted brake systems, wheel vehicle suspension systems, wheel-hub assemblies, mechanical and hydraulic steering systems, and wheel vehicle crane, hoist and winch assemblies.

Maldonado is the son of Dolores R. Maldonado and Benjamin D. Maldonado Sr., both of Pecos.

TYC to host conference in San Antonio

PECOS, March 19, 2001 - The Texas Youth Commission and the State Volunteer Resource Council will conduct the 2001 Statewide Volunteer Conference April 20-22 in San Antonio. For 17 years these two organizations have joined forces to host a training and networking conference designed especially for dedicated volunteers throughout the state. The theme for this year's conference is "Volunteering Expands Horizons." Representatives from the WTSS Volunteer Services program will be in attendance at the conference.

TYC is committed to providing volunteers with the highest quality of continuing education as they work alongside paid staff in rehabilitating youthful offenders and integrating them back into society as productive citizens. The volunteer role, whether Mentor, Tutor, Chaplaincy Volunteer or Volunteer Council Member, is critical in this endeavor.

Through the efforts of 1,651 registered TYC volunteers and hundreds more individuals who provide limited faith-based services as part of an organized religious group, TYC recorded 118,064 service hours contributed by community citizens in fiscal year 2000. The value of these hours combined with other cash, grants, and in-kind contributions totaled $1,999,066. West Texas State School volunteers alone contributed 4,603 service hours in FY 2000.

The United Nations has declared 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers. All Americans have been challenged to recognize our shared traditions of volunteering and commit to volunteering as a unifying force to build strong communities. At the Statewide Volunteer Conference, the Texas Youth Commission will celebrate the dedication and contributions of TYC volunteers throughout the agency.

The mission of the Texas Youth Commission volunteer services department is to maximize community resources and utilize volunteers to provide opportunities that enable youth to become responsible and productive citizens. West Texas State School is always in need to volunteers for membership on the Volunteer Council, to provide one-on-one tutoring, enhance religious activities, to serve as mentors and to sponsor special events.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at WTSS, contact Donna Garcia, Coordinator for Volunteer Services, at 915-389-5555, ext. 221 or at

Caring families sought for students

PECOS, March 19, 2001 - Caring families are being sought to host high school exchange students from over 23 countries, it was announced today by the American Intercultural Student Exchange, Inc. (AISE). This year will be the 20th Anniversary of AISE's exchange program and as more and more overseas students hear of the AISE program, AISE is committed to finding more and more caring families.

Students arrive in August to live with their American host families and attend the local high school for the 2001-2002 school year. These eager young students, between 15 and 18 years of age, are coming to the United States to learn about America and the American way of life while sharing their culture with their host families, friends and schools.

Students speak English, have their own spending money, medical insurance and are excited about becoming a part of an American family. Prospective host families are interviewed by an AISE Program Representative and assisted with the selection of their student. Host families provide housing, food and a family atmosphere for the student.

Call AISE's toll free number at 1-800-SIBLING or visit the AISE website at to learn more about the benefits of hosting an exchange student.

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