Professionalism and Fun Collide at Local Event Center

About 30 youth from BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio’s Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program were invited to Main Event on Sept. 12 to enjoy pizza and recreation at no cost to them. The event melded work and play by providing youth from the PAL program with information about job opportunities at Main Event.

Mark Koenig, general manager at Main Event and the speaker for the day, said that after he became aware of the PAL program a few weeks ago, he invited the organization to come out and enjoy the venue as well as experience what a day in the life of an employee might look like.

Mark Koenig delivers a message to youth from BCFS-San Antonio’s PAL program

“This is a fun place to work and we want them to have a good time while also learning about the opportunities we have available,” Mark said.

The youth were treated to an afternoon of bowling, arcade games, pizza, drinks, laser tag, and a brief presentation on employment at Main Event. Mark said that Main Event, which has two locations in San Antonio, employs more than 100 people at each site.

“We get a lot of first-time job seekers here and that is OK,” Mark told the youth. “You have to start somewhere. If you did extracurricular activities at school, were in team sports, or just like to work with people, those are the things that help us to connect you to the right job. There is a fit for everyone.”

Mark said he has a great time in his career and feels it is important for people to find work that they enjoy doing.

“Find someplace where you can grow and learn and work your way up,” he advised. “Learn as much as you can about the company before you interview. See if they have a mission statement and what their values are.”

This event, the first of its kind for BCFS-San Antonio, is one of many that the organization offers to clients throughout the year, such as the recent health and back-to-school fair and tour of UTSA.

Preparation for Adult Living provides services to youth aging out of the foster care system to expand their skills and knowledge, strengthen their self-confidence, create healthy community relationships, and learn self-guidance. The program aims to prepare young adults for their independence.

Learn more about how the PAL program is helping youth from six Texas cities establish their futures.