Mayor’s Youth Commission of Arlington is a youth led group founded by Mayor Robert Cluck. Youth are given a chance to give back to the community.

TRUE Talk :: Speakers

Jeff McKissack

TRUE Talk Jeff McKissack

Jeff McKissack

Jeff McKissack is a noted authority in the field of profiling and threat assessment.

For six years he served as the National Representative for the critically-acclaimed Child Lures Crime Prevention and he is currently a contributing writer to several state and national publications, and author of the book, Power Proverbs for Personal Defense.

Jeff’s topics include 3 Major Red Flags of Potential Exploitation (Parents), What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You (Boys), and It’s Better to be Safe than Sorry (Girls).

John Haenes

John Haenes holds a master’s of science in social work and is an internationally certified prevention specialist with 25 years of experience in the field of addiction, juvenile delinquency, trauma, and child welfare. Mr. Haenes has been a trainer for ONDCP, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, and school districts around the country. Mr. Haenes is the Chief Operations Officer of Challenge of Tarrant County, a non-profit agency whose mission is to confront addiction issues by identifying needs, educating the community, mobilizing resources, promoting collaborations and advocating for sound public policy. He will be speaking to the parents about The Science of Raising a Resilient Child.

Abbie Byrd

Abbie Byrd received a bachelor’s and master’s of social work from The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).  Ms. Byrd has developed programs for survivors of sexual and domestic assault, served as a case manager for the overall mental and physical health of Veterans and she is currently the new program director for the SMART Arlington, Drug-Free Coalition, which is a program of Challenge of Tarrant County. Her workshop for both boys and girls, The Owner’s Manual for the Adolescent Brain, will focus on educating teenagers on the many nuances and intricate inner-workings of the ever-changing adolescent brain and how to navigate through its physical, emotional, and social implications.

Benita Ibrahim

TRUE Talk Benita Ibrahim

Benita Ibrahim

A recognized industry leader, Benita’s passion is to empower those that want to leverage their knowledge of success and elevate their focus.

Benita believes the secret to success is loving what you do and creating positive relationships within that environment; because relationships are our greatest asset and currency in life. Benita Ibrahim, has been a small business owner for over 23 years in addition to being an author, speaker, leadership developer, mentor and consultant.

Her bestselling book series, The Rock Bottom Is a Beautiful Place, is a powerful collection of stories of inspiration and triumph from amazing women all over the world. Her presentation, Watch ME, will inspire you to no longer settle for the cards you were dealt in life, but propel you into wanting to achieve greatness and live a life filled with hope, vision and purpose.

Angela Lewis

Angela Lewis

Angela Lewis

Angela Lewis is working towards her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Texas Arlington. Angela is the Safe Place Coordinator at ACH Child and Family Services and is a strong advocate for homeless youth.

Her professional interests focus on improving the development of homeless youth through Trust Based Relational Intervention practices, and her current projects include collaboration with Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S and outreach activities to bring awareness to the Safe Place program. Ms. Lewis’ presentation will focus on The STAR program which contracts with ACH Child and Family Services to offer family crisis intervention counseling, short-term emergency respite care, and individual and family counseling.

Youth up to age 17 and their families are eligible if they are dealing with conflict at home, school attendance issues or delinquency, or have a youth who runs away from home.

Melvin Lee

TRUE Talk Melvin Lee

Melvin Lee

Melvin Lee has been a motivational and inspirational speaker at several professional alliances, networks and conferences including Black Women’s Initiative Tarrant County, Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men, Regional and National Ministers Roundtable of Texas, Reaching Teens, and My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, created under a mandate by President Obama.

Melvin serves the community with over 30 years of first-hand experience and education in business management and child psychology.

He also provides guidance to young men and young ladies through rehabilitative intervention programs that empower individual development. He will speak to the boys and girls about Peer Pressure. His workshop will teach teens how to make positive decisions in various scenarios involving pressure by friends and/or family.

David Rey

David Rey of Arlington ISD will educate parents on the realities of student homelessness in our city. He will also equip listeners with tools and resources for how to handle various situations that you may encounter related to this growing problem.