Staff Series: Back to School!

At Choices Clinic, part of my job is to be “boots on the ground” in high schools and colleges in the area, working to build relationships with students, faculty, and administration. Through these relationships, my desire is to help our youth make better decisions and have healthy, age appropriate relationships. Research demonstrates that many teenagers are sexually active and experiencing the consequences of this decision. Ten million new cases of STDs occur in the age group of 15 to 24 and in 2015, over 4,000 teenagers in Mississippi reported being pregnant. At Choices Clinic, we desire to inform youth about all of the risks of teenage sex, including pregnancy and STDs as well as relational, emotional, and spiritual consequences. We also believe that when we teach students about healthy boundaries, their self-worth, and the importance of setting goals, the outcome is an empowered youth, armed with their own voices and vision.

At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, we began to develop a relationship with a local high school, where we were invited to teach five sessions to the 10th and 11th grades. In the classes, we were able to speak on the following topics: (1) Personality and Self-Worth, (2) Self-Care and Boundaries, (3) Goal Setting, and (4) STD Education. During our time at the high school, we have worked to develop relationships with the students, faculty, and administration. Our focus has been to instill a sense of self-worth and to help students develop a healthier perspective. The administration has invited us back next year to teach classes to the entire student body, and we are excited to see how God will use our presence in the schools to impact students, teachers, administration, and us!

As fall quickly approaches, we are working to fill the slots to teach all three grades in the high school. Without the help of volunteers, we will be unable to teach this fall! If you are interested in volunteering and have a heart for reaching youth, please contact us at 601-428-4357.

-Shirley