Fostering Hope in Junior High

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Dear Friends,

In the Round Valley School District our S.T.A.R.S. Program has shifted gears from Influences to Healthy Outlets.

We are focusing on experiencing healthy outlets and encouraging our high school students to participate in healthy outlets instead of turning to drugs, alcohol, sex, etcetera. Together, the Director of Youth Development and the Mentors are planning healthy outlet activities for the next two weeks. I was inspired, speechless, excited, humbled, and so so proud to hear how these young mentors use healthy outlets to relieve stress and build resiliency. Between the ten Mentors, the Director and the Teacher of Record, here are the healthy outlets regularly used to decrease stress in their lives:

  • Writing (journaling, poetry, music)

  • Playing sports (basketball, baseball, football, skateboarding)

  • Exercise (hiking, running, walking)

  • Laughing

  • Talking to friends

  • Cooking

  • Taking a drive

  • Listening to music

  • Playing an instrument

  • Reading the Bible

  • Being aware of our limitations and triggers

  • Spending time alone (in prayer, meditating, walking)

These ten high school students are getting ready to share their healthy outlets with over thirty middle school students. We can't wait to see how the younger students respond to experiencing these healthy outlets.These young men and women are mentoring and sharing their experiences and struggles and peer-teaching how healthy outlets can help us overcome the challenges we face each day.

I wanted to share this with you because I have been disheartened by the news reports of college-aged students who are rioting, boycotting Christian-owned businesses, declaring themselves to be of no gender and marching to support abortion-giants like Planned Parenthood. Because of your support and involvement, Living Hope is able to influence and reach the next group entering adulthood. Our sphere of influence may be small, but our Creator loves using the small and unlikely to accomplish amazing results, does He not?

Much Love,

Lynnette Carter
Chief Executive Officer
Living Hope Centers