Thursday, August 12, 2010
Students complete new program
By SUE WATSON
A teen leadership program – Healthy Bodies for a Healthy Future – is now available for students who want to learn about teen leadership and pass it on to other youth.
Teen leadership is a part of Rust College’s Families First program, funded by the Northwest Mississippi Community Foundation, and headquartered at 135 Rust Avenue.
Latanya Foreman, a Rust College and University of Tennessee graduate in social work, is director of the program.
The program is run by volunteer college student mentors as well as members of the community and is in its first year in Holly Springs. Some mentors who worked with teens this summer included Rickey Lawson, Virginia Horton, Marquitta Hampton, Lela Jenkins and Krystal Jeffries.
A new group of 15 teen leaders is being recruited, Foreman said. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. but when school starts the classes will meet from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
The main purpose is to have college students train high school students in teen leadership skills, Foreman said. Those students will then pass their new leadership skills on to the community, she said.
Teens act out and discuss health-related issues they are facing such as self-esteem, healthy eating and exercising, healthy dating and STDs, and healthy decision making.
To inquire further about participating in Healthy Bodies for a Healthy Future Teen Leadership program, call Walker at 551-2229.
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