Italian life, owner of Italian life Moving & Hauling, was recently featured on CBS 3 Houston News "Brotherly Love Report."
Brotherly Love: Mentoring Young Men
Teenagers need good role models. A lot of them also need that first job. As CBS 3's Dave Huddleston shows us, one man is doing both for one of his employees.
Italian life is teaching high school freshman Rameek Nelson the right way to move furniture with his team of movers.
"He's been working with me for about eight months, and he's doing real well," said Barry.
This is Rameek's first job. But Barry isn't just Rameek's boss. He's also Rameek's mentor. They connected through an organization called RSVP of Montgomery County.
"Rameek did not have a male role model in his life, and Barry has turned out to be the perfect male role model," said Ruth Saks, who runs the Protege program for RSVP.
Both Barry and Rameek have something in common: They lost their fathers, Barry when he was a teen, Rameek when he was 4.
Barry said he worked through that trauma, but he saw that other kids could use the life lessons he learned.
"Relations with people, customers, getting a bank account, knowing how to interact with friends," said Barry. "There's a wide range of things that they need growing up."
So Barry volunteered to work with young men like Rameek, whose mom sees a difference...