BENEFITING: BAJITO ONDA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
I am Del Hendrixson, Jr., the first life turned around by Bajito Onda and the Global Founder. In 1982-1983 I spent one year in Federal Prison for a crime of counterfeiting. After prison and upon my release I only wanted to help others not continue negative lifestyles and end up in prison or dead. For the past 30 years I have been teaching gang members and youth at risk how to create artwork, do all the darkroom and pre press stages, print shirts.
Over the years originally started and based in Dallas, Texas I worked with over 10,000 persons either coming from prison and on parole or heading to prison by being on probation or in alternative schools.
Presenter United Nations Youth At Risk Conferences Mexico 4 times. WINNER JCPenney Golden Rule Award 1996 - Winner Transition of Prisoners Most Innovative Aftercare Award - Winner: Nokia Links the Community Award - Texas Governor Award Nominee - Featured: ESPN, TELEMUNDO, UNIVISION, NPR, CBS, FOX NEWS, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, FWST, DALLAS OBSERVER COVER, TUCSON WEEKLY COVER, WORLD MAGAZINE, NEWSWEEK, LAW ENFORCEMENT TELEVISION NETWORK,
PRESENTER: CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONFERENCES, GANG CONFERENCES, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, N TX UNIVERSITY, TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY, PRISONS AND SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY CULTURAL BLENDING CONSULTANT, ETC.
I created a program after twenty years of being free for Spanish speaking prisoners inside prison called 'Prisoners 4 Progress.'
My so called crime was making illegal birthcertificates for Mexicans in the USA. I was very depressed due to my Father having passed away the year before and I just didn't care about my own life or future.
However I have used printing and graphics as a means to fund Bajito Onda (the fallen ones in Spanish) and to skill train thousands of mainly Spanish speaking persons over the last several decades. Many lives have gained hope and made a future for themselves, while many others turned their lives around and took the high road.
At present we do not have the funds to purchase even a used automatic printing press for shirts - which now Bajito Onda Brand is a registered licensed clothing line featuring the art of prisoners still behind the walls. Some artists for BO have been in prison for 30 years, since they too were young boys.
All our artists are from the Cultural Underground. Native American, Mexican, Chicano, Brasilian, Italian, Thailand.
Whenever someone wears a BO shirt printed by BO program participants - they become part of our worldwide family of persons who want to see lives turned around and themselves feel a part of a movement so positive it does not exclude anyone, for race, religion, preferences of any kind. And who believes in promoting peace to those around us.
If we can get this machine, even a used one because a new one costs $40,000 we have volunteers who can make it run like new. Otherwise we are having to pay another printer here in Tucson to print the prison art T-shirts for us. And it is then taking all our 'work fund profits' away and we are losing money and our pride is going somewhere else, not here at Bajito Onda where our youth program participants can complete the proces themselves and become entrepreneurs from Art to Finish!
Tucson Az Del n Hi Hendrixson