GIRLSThe BCC Learning Center is a safe place where many youth in our church and community can come and focus on things that matter. Youth like Monica and Teliyah. I have the pleasure of watching these young ladies mature and excel every week and over the past 12 months I have seen an exponential growth in them. That’s why I’m taking the time to recognize them for their accomplishments.

The Oklahoma Public School system has a partnership with Metro Tech where high school students, in their junior and senior year, have an opportunity to attend Metro Tech free of charge. Half of the student’s academic time is spent in traditional school while the other half is spent at a career tech where students can learn marketable skills for job placement. Next year, Monica and Teliyah will both be attending Metro Tech as they prepare themselves for life after high school.

For a lot of students, that would be enough, but Monica and Teliyah are reaching for more in life.

Recently, to farther prepare themselves for what lies ahead, they have joined DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). DECA prepares students for high level leadership in college and career.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Whenever I hear the negative views concerning youth today, I immediately think of young people who are taking charge – like Monica and Teliyah. 1476045_10203292196574301_2584135444408697855_nThese young women are making the most of every opportunity they are given and thanks to loving mentors and an incredibly supportive family who encourages them to BE GREAT – the sky is the limit!

So, the next time you hear someone speaking negatively about “these kids today”, think of Monica and Teliyah and share their stories.

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