December 8, 2008

Racine 17-year-old helping homeless kids find jobs

David Sanchez

Here's an impressive program from a Racine teenager ... vote daily to help him out!
Hello, my name is David Sanchez. I am 17 years old and a junior from Racine, Wisconsin . Recently, I founded the organization Job-Link Racine in which I am linking homeless teenagers in Racine County with part-time job opportunities. (You may be surprised to know there are more than 1,000 homeless kids in Racine Unified School District .) Not only will a job provide these kids with valuable life skills such as responsibility and punctuality, it will also act as an extra source of income in an effort to help their families become self sufficient.

Now here's where I need your help. Job-Link Racine was recently named 1 of 30 finalists in the @15 Best Buy Challenge. The winners will be decided by an online vote between December 1st and January 9th. At the end of the competition, the top 15 teams with the most votes will each receive a $10,000 grant to help them with their project. For Job-Link Racine, this means being able to provide bus tokens, work clothing, work permits, workshops, and possibly even subsidize the first hours of employment as an incentive for potential employers.

Please, send a text message BBYV7 to 32075 every day until January 9, or go to and vote online for Job-Link Racine. (When you vote online, you are required to vote for 2 groups). There may be a limit to the number of online votes from your office or school, so you might have to do this from home or just text. Email me if you have any questions.

Please vote every day until January 9, and feel free to share this with as many people as possible.


David Sanchez


  1. Great job sir!
    God Bless you.

  2. Thank you Colt.

    Currently, the website for voting is down, however, the texting vote is still working. The site should be back up by tomorrow.

    Thank you,
    David Sanchez

  3. Yes David - fantastic work! I will make sure that everyone I know has the information to vote for your project. It is people like YOU who actually do "economic development", not the people and millions of dollars thrown at government, local colleges, other projects, programs and at least one "center".

    I'll be in touch with you to see how I can help.

    Isn't it ironic that the two guys who always show up here complaining about everything, and who vote Republican, are the first to congratulate this young man and the creative effort he is making.

    Some people fly around the country accepting awards and becoming president of this or that organization, all on the taxpayers' dime. Some people whine and complain for $millions more to basically play with, all on the taxpayers' dime. Then there are people like David who start something from nothing, with nothing, run it and actually - hopefully - make a difference!

  4. The website for voting still seems to be hung up but I'll keep checking back and post when it is up again.

    There are many wonderful projects there and I wasn't sure which other prject to vote for but finally settled on the "Hats for the Homeless" who have donated over 1000 items to the homeless and want the grant to buy a sewing machine and expand their donation procedures.

  5. The Lafond Family12/09/2008 10:28 AM

    Nice going David. We hope you win the grant!

  6. I bitch because those who SHOULD be leading do not. Those in power look for more or how keep what they have.
    God help me I try to say when some one like David is doing the job.
    David Sanchez when he just helps one is great guy, when he helps many is a Saint from God.
    Far too many 7:18 sit around say a Blueberries and say Yes we can, David
    simply does it.