Ismael Navarreto: Integrity and passion for youth
One of the most exciting professions, especially from the perspective of children, is a police officer.
Ismael Navarreto, with only 4 decades of life, had already retired from the force. For nearly fifteen years he served the community as a detective, where his experiences led him to realize the great needs of our neighborhoods. After a couple of years living in retirement, he began to look for a job where he could make an impact. After an exhaustive search, he discovered Congreso provided him the opportunity to combine his knowledge and affection for youth, with service to the community. Ismael received job offers that would have given him a better income, but what he wanted was to really affect the lives of adolescents, which he believes is a priority for society.
Ismael believes that despite digital technology and social networks, there are no major differences between the challenges he faced in his youth and those that teens now face. He is convinced that impacting their lives at this age can make a difference, and that can make them see a future of triumphs rather than frustrations.
Ismael works full time as an educator, creating real ties with the young people with whom he talks at different schools in this area. Working sometimes in small groups and other times in whole classes, he insists that each one of them should realize that they are not alone and that Congreso offers individuals ready to offer help. For him, it is a great satisfaction that many young people came to his office for consultations since he started working in Congreso this year. Doubts or problems about sex, drugs, and intrafamily violence are common topics during these encounters. The former detective wants to instill in them a confidence in themselves, a sense of their value, and a belief in what they are capable of achieving
Breaking the cycle is not easy, but it is not impossible, and his intention is for these young people to begin to formulate goals.
He states that if he had the resources to develop any plan to make a big difference, that in the absence of being able to buy parents, he would invest in education. Children need to learn not only academically, but to manage their lives responsibly. They need mentors who give them the training they ask for; being there for them is a priority.
Ismael has three children, who are now young adults, but for him, it is not enough to have fulfilled his role as father and as a public servant, even as he risked his own life. He has given himself totally to everything he has done which should be enough to feel satisfied, but his genuine love for others makes him reach further, making him an extraordinary man.
Each of these stories highlights locale parents in our midst. No matter the choices we have made thus far, any person can be inspired by these extraordinary fathers and make the choice to be a better parent.