A new program for teenagers, focused on character development and community service, will launch next week with informational meetings at the Highland Center.

Volunteers of America of North Louisiana will facilitate the Wyman Teen Outreach Program©, a national curriculum which has proven to reduce teen pregnancy rates and encourage students to finish school. The curriculum is centered on healthy behaviors, life skills and building a sense of purpose in teenagers.

It is open to teens aged 12 to 17 and will include weekly meetings as well as community service projects. Those who enroll will be eligible for a $50 gift card along with other incentives.

To enroll, youth and parents must attend an orientation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 16)  OR Thursday (April 18) at the Highland Center, 520 Olive St. For more information see the website www.voanorthla.org/top or call Eileen Czerwinski at 221-8404.

Another class will begin in July.

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