Once again, a Bakersfield father has done his part to point local kids in the right direction, at an annual Youth Leadership Conference Friday.
In 2006, 16-year-old, Wendale Davis was murdered.
Since then, Wendale’s father, Wesley, has worked to prevent Bakersfield’s youth from falling into violent lifestyles.
And, for the last 11 years, kids have learned about gang intervention, heard from prison inmates and Bakersfield Police at the conference.
Andrew Jones, a dancer, shared his story with students.
“Just give what you can if you have a job if you have employment opportunities, if you have workshop opportunities, if you can put together community service projects do it because if we don’t do anything…nothing will change,” said Jones from Dance Fever 3-D.
Wesley says he understands role models can be hard to find, but there are groups like his willing to fill the gap.
The Wendale Davis Foundation is located at 730 Chester Ave., in Bakersfield.