East Texas Teens Prepare for the Real World

by Kirby Gibbs

Lufkin, TX (KTRE) - A group of East Texas teens are learning, not only what it means, but what it takes to be leaders of their community. With the help of "Future Christian Leaders of America" these teens are getting prepared for the real world. The group is now looking to get more teenagers involved.

Future Christian Leaders of America have been developing their skills making them better prepared for life and all it has to offer.

Robert Shy, FCLA coordinator and advisor says, "We teach the youth life skills. A lot of things we do, there's a lot of college preparation courses here. Iif you come out and join us, one of the things that will happen is by the time you graduate from high school you will be prepared for college".

"It's helped me get everything structured and in order so I'll be ready when it's time for me to choose a college" admitted Iris Harris, a FCLA member. Felicia Fry, another FCLA member told KTRE, "I've learned to become a better person like to treat everybody better than I used to cause I used to be really mean".

Mentors and youth advisors say it's rewarding to pass on some of the knowledge they've learned along the way. "It's a way for me to make sure that the values and things I know as a mature adult" says Ruth Shaw one of the programs advisors. She said she knows she will make a difference and  those things she's learned will get passed on to the next generation.

And many may say this generation of Facebook and Myspace socialites need more regulation, or advice on their computer networking tactics.

One of the things the group talked about today was the dangers of myspace. Shy says, "A lot of our kids get trapped and put things on myspace that shouldn't go there and we want to inform them and educate them about the dangers of doing that".

Mentors say teens throughout the community are encouraged to join and become the Future Christian Leader of America. The Future Christian Leaders of America" hold meetings every 3rd saturday at First Missionary Baptist Church in Lufkin. All teenagers are welcome to participate.