Mr. Rick Palmer, Area Director.
Mr. Rick Palmer, Area Director.
Former Keenan student Javion Clark, Keenan alumna Courtney Wallace and Mr. Nick Gamble.
Former Keenan student Javion Clark, Keenan alumna Courtney Wallace and Mr. Nick Gamble.

Story and Photos by Brenda Carson, Features Writer

A new program kicks off every Thursday from 3:20 until 4:20 in the Lecture Hall. Young Life is a nondenominational Christian mentorship program. Young life teaches and targets high school students to do what is right by teaching them about the love of God and how important unity is.

Young Life leaders (mentors) are volunteer students from schools such as the University of South Carolina (USC) and Benedict College.

“Young life allows you to love yourself,” Sophomore Asia Davis said. “It also allows you to be different weird and unique all while being a regular teenager.”

Many students admit without Young Life they wouldn’t be the same people they are currently. Sixty minutes once a week makes a big difference. Young life also meets on Saturday mornings for campaigners (Bible study) at the young life club or local restaurants.

“Young Life keeps me out of trouble,” Junior Thaddeus Peterson, who has been in Young Life for two years, said.

Every summer students get to go to various Young Life camps across the country from North Carolina to as far away as California. The Downtown Columbia area director is currently Mr. Rick Palmer, alongside staff members Mrs. Jamie DaVita and Mr. Nick Gamble.

Wallace and Palmer.
Wallace and Palmer.

Young Life challenges student to stand up for what they know is right by setting an example and doing the right things.

“After joining young life, I experienced and did things I never did before,” Junior Dejae’ Weston said. “I was motivated every step of the way by my Young Life leaders.”

Even though students are faced with peer pressure and obstacles each day, whether it’s at home or in school, they know what they do is for a higher cause while living the Young Life.

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