Hundreds of Youths Learn Key Skills at ‘Passport to Life’ Event
Vincent Gartin’s mother wasn’t ready to raise him.
After giving birth, she left him at the hospital, the former convicted felon told more than 800 youths Tuesday gathered at the Passport to Life Career and Education Expo at San Diego City College.
So Gartin’s grandmother took over the parenting. She named him after the hospital where he was born: St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.
Now a motivational speaker and employee at the city of Indianapolis, Gartin flew across the country to tell the youths his remarkable turnaround story. Passport to Life, now in its fifth year, is a one-day event designed to help young people transitioning out of the local juvenile justice system. The goal is to provide these youths, aged 14 to 24, who have been on or are currently on probation with inspiration and resources through a series of speakers, workshops, vendor displays and other engaging activities.