‘Hope for Hoosiers’ registration under way
April 4, 2012 4:20PM
Updated: May 6, 2012 8:18AM
Each of us is on a path in life — whether it is a path of no resistance, a path to success, a path with ups and downs.
PATH — a Positive Approach to Teen Health — educators sincerely hope that every teen’s path to adulthood is stimulating and straight. The “Alley Cats” are the young educators who care enough about every teen to bring fun into their presentations to encourage and empower teens with self-value and purpose.
Most of us, as parents, would rather talk about almost anything with our kids than sex — and it makes our kids squeamish, too. But we also all want our teenagers to wait until marriage before they become parents.
The “Alley Cats” — Jason Frederick, Toni Jongkind, Jeremias Alicea and Jaimie Bauer — are doing just that with their continuous conversations with teens who are faced daily with the struggle of maintaining their personal purity and not being one of the 750,000 new teen mothers each year, or one of the 9 million new STD cases every year.
Care enough about your children to find out more about these great educators. Their next special will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17, at Strongbow. Cost is $69, including breakfast and lunch.
“Hope for Hoosiers” registration can be done online at www.pathblazer.org, or call 548-8783.
Or talk to your kids about attending the “Out of Focus” youth conference beginning at 6 p.m. May 4, at Laurel Church Ministries in Merrillville.
Teens in 6th through 12th grades will come home being happy they went, and have more focus on their own potential and purpose. Or visit these super cats at 1755 Thornapple Circle, Valparaiso. You’ll be doing yourself and your children a favor.
Alley Cats, thanks for being so concerned about all teens. God bless your work. You are my pet persons of the week.
The bells will be ringing Saturday at the Valparaiso YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing, as runners from throughout Northwest Indiana begin their season with the Ringing in Spring Walk/Run.
If you are not a runner, come out and cheer for the hundreds who are, and you can still sign up to volunteer by calling Ruth or Jodi at 462-4185. I’ll just watch with you!
Then on April 28, bring the whole family to the “Y” when there will be information and activities on how to stay active and healthy all summer long. Bring your gym clothes, bathing suit and towel.
If you would be interested in sponsoring this special family day, contact Lee Baker at 462-4185, Ext. 260. There are plenty of summer opportunities for kids of all ages at area YMCAs, so don’t let your kids become couch potatoes!
I feel kind of low with no college basketball left to watch, but it sure ended on a high note when Robbie Hummel was named the Lowe’s Senior Class Award 2012 winner!
Except for Bryce Drew, I haven’t had the privilege of knowing any other “star” athlete who is so kind and caring, and has stayed so humble. I sure hope and pray your future follows the path you have hoped for and chosen, Robbie. We’ll miss seeing you in that uniform.
And, to the male chauvinist who put the comment in sports Quickly degrading the women’s NCAA finals, I hope you noticed that each game was a sellout!
I wish all of you a beautiful and blessed Easter with more sunshine in each day.
Now I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag