Church plans ‘God Squad’ for youth

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 14, 2008

FRANKLIN—It’s never been easy being a teenager, and in today’s world there are more and more things that can complicate the process of becoming a successful adult.

Various organizations can be found all over the country that are dedicated to the enlightenment and positive

development of young people.

New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Franklin will soon be sponsoring such an organization, entitled The God Squad Teen Support Group.

&uot;I had kind of a rough time growing up,&uot; said 19-year-old Lavarius Magette, who came up with the idea for the program.

&uot;I grew up in a single parent household without my father and didn’t really have anyone to talk to about my problems. I dropped out of Southampton High School in 2006 but then went on to military school and eventually joined the National Guard.

&uot;I just want to help kids who have that same type of problems.&uot;

This program will cater to youths between the ages of 11 and 17 who live in the local area.

It will address the main issues that teens face on a daily basis, such as peer pressure, bullies, teen pregnancy, drugs and more.

There will be mentors from the community and other churches present to talk one-on-one with the kids as well.

The program won’t just involve sitting in a room and talking, however.

There will also be several games and events.

&uot;We’ve got a couple of talent shows planned, some skits about drugs and other common issues and will have lots of games to play,&uot; said Magette.

&uot;We’ll also take some field trips to local landmarks. All this will help the kids get involved in something positive and keep them off the streets.&uot;

The program began July 1 at the New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Franklin. It will meet every first and third Tuesday of each month from that point on.

For more information or to sign up, contact Lavarius Magette at 334-0320.