Bon Jovi Talks With Houston Teens

He's got the money and the means to do just about whatever he wants. So why is musician Jon Bon Jovi traveling the country talking to teenagers? Bill Stamps caught up with him on a visit to Houston.

Forty-nine-year-old Jon Bon Jovi has made millions of dollars as a recording artist. He’s won numbers awards for his albums and he’s even campaigned for three presidents. But it was a request by President Obama that eventually brought him to Houston.

“The president’s directive was quite simple: show me organizations that are working and bring back results.”

The Obama Administration formed what’s called the Council for Community Solutions, prominent men and women who travel across the country and hold round table discussions with American youth.

“I’m absolutely not here to offer advice. I’m here to listen, take information and report it up the ladder.  I’m not in an official capacity here as you part of, anything more than a counsel.”

During his Houston stop, Bon Jovi heard from teens involved in several local programs. People like 18-year-old Ray Rangel, who’s had a rough childhood, but is trying to staying positive.

“I came up in a single parent home. My mom struggled most of our lives to support me and my brother and my sister. Basically, I’m here through Communities in School. It has helped me with a lot of stuff, mainly motivation, because the most part I’ve lacked through — I see the struggles and I just want to give up sometimes.”

Bon Jovi also listened to Houston’s Maria Baldit. A teenage mom who’s hoping to have a better life then her immigrant parents.

“I’m actually going to get to be somebody, not just working full time in restaurant or something. I’m actually going to go to college and be somebody, for my baby and myself.”  

With the money and freedom to do just about whatever he wants, I asked Bon Jovi why he got involved in the president’s program.

“I’ve been blessed a million times over and I love my job. But my job is just what I do, it’s not who I am. And I’m also a father. A father of four and I feel a part of who I am is giving back and this is something where I don’t need a scientist to create the cure. We can fact find. We can make a difference we can implement change.”

The famous singer will take what he learns from his discussions and give the information to the white house. Bon Jovi says he’s had a good life, now he’s hoping to make life better for others as well.



The image courtesy of the Council for Community Solutions Website.