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Kiwanis gets lesson in Young Life

January 22, 2007

Brian Jensen, director of the area Young Life Program, addressed the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club recently.

Jensen, who noted the Kiwanis emphasis on "Serving the Children of the World," gave some "frightening" statistics, according to a press release from the club.

Jensen said that every day in America, one person younger than 25 dies from HIV infection; five individuals younger than 20 commit suicide; nine youths younger than 20 are homicide victims; 367 children are arrested for drug abuse; 1,329 babies are born to teen mothers; 2,861 high school students drop out; 4,248 children are arrested, 180 for violent crimes.

Jensen has been involved with Young Life since the early 1990s.

He said the 60-year-old program helps young people deal with the stresses caused by grades, sports, peer pressure, substance abuse, jobs and interaction with others.

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Young Life groups meet in homes and use a format that features an activity, and then a short message on how Jesus Christ can fit into their lives. In addition, the program offers leadership skills development and an outdoor program at regional camps.

The Young Life program is not affiliated with any specific church, but grew out of a Presbyterian Church program. Approximately 300 students, representing eight high schools, are involved in Young Life in Washington County.

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