New Payson sum­mer camps will em­power lo­cal youth

Serve Daily - - MERIT ACADEMY - By Sarah Clem

Thank­fully, Kelly was okay. Her story is still un­fold­ing, but she pulled through My daugh­ter and her friends were driv­ing that dark day and is mov­ing on, learn­ing around town in a panic. “Where would to thrive again with the help of those who you go if you were her?” one of them care about her most. asked. “I feel like we should check be­hind Ear­lier that year, my daugh­ter at­tended those build­ings,” replied one of the girls, the fu­neral of a girl from her school who point­ing out the win­dow. didn’t live to see the sun rise the day af­ter

Kelly (not her real name) hadn’t been her in­ci­dent. And since then, I’ve looked seen or heard from in hours and the last on with in­creas­ing con­cern, won­der­ing texts she’d sent were fore­bod­ing — “Don’t what can be done to strengthen and for­tify worry, it’s not any­one’s fault. I love you the youth in this area. Not just the trou­bled all, but I just can’t take it any­more.” Once ones, but all of them. the po­lice got in­volved in the search, As a mother/step-mom of eight (six of progress was still slow un­til Kelly’s phone whom will be teenagers next year), I’ve was pinged to a pre­cise lo­ca­tion in an de­cided I can’t sit idly by, so as a Youth open field close by. One of the po­lice­men Ad­vo­cate, I’ve cre­ated a group called es­corted Kelly’s dis­traught mom and sis­ter Rene­gade Youth Club as a place where to the scene while my daugh­ter and the 12- to 18-year-olds can learn ways to es­tab­lish rest of the group stayed be­hind, sick to a healthy sense of iden­tity and to their stom­achs, not know­ing what would trust their own in­tu­ition, know­ing they hap­pen next. have spe­cific, in­cred­i­ble mis­sions to fill in their life­times.

Over the sum­mer, Rene­gade will host sev­eral three-day camps at the Pe­teet­neet Am­phithe­ater in Payson where par­tic­i­pants will be ini­ti­ated into tribes, en­joy guest speak­ers and multi-me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions, and be chal­lenged to think and re­act in more pos­i­tive ways.

The con­nec­tiv­ity they feel at Rene­gade will con­tinue through­out the year with five more group ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded in their mem­ber­ship. To learn more, visit rene­gadey­ or email “Chief Sarah” at rene­gadey­outh­club@

Rene­gade Youth Club lead­ers are shown af­ter a day of ori­en­ta­tion at the Pe­teet­neet Am­phithe­ater.

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