New Payson summer camps will empower local youth
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 renegadeyouth.org or email “Chief Sarah” gmail.com. at renegadeyouthclub@
Renegade Youth Club leaders are shown after a day of orientation at the Peteetneet Amphitheater.