5, April 2010
Save the date:
What: STAR Guide Alumni dinner
When: 11, April 2010
Where: Hunan Dynasty Restaurant
Who: For former, current, and future
STAR (Students Teaching Abstinence & Responsibility) Guides.
We now have paid opportunities for STAR Guides to work part time now through 19, June 2010. Come, enjoy a great free dinner, and get involved to help youth in our community.
STAR Guide reflection:
Since I was about twelve or thirteen years old, I have been in and out of different programs that taught about HIV/AIDS, STDs, and above all, abstinence. I loved every one of the programs. Each was unique and focused on different, creative ways to spread the word and touch as many people as possible.
Most people don't understand the importance of abstinence, and how it truly affects the lives of others, and one's self. It isn't easy for people to understand or even care about this; sometimes, until they have no where else to turn. As I mentioned earlier, I had been in abstinence programs up into high school. Though once in high school, it got harder to go, then secondary, and by my sophomore year, unnecessary. I thought, ďI got this down,Ē and for a while, I did. But influences are like pressure cookers, just a little heat, for a long period of time, and if you arenít tough, you may not make it out in one piece. I suppose that is part of the reason why they call it peer pressure.
Especially as teens, who doesnít want to be a part of something? We connect to each other, and always want to keep up. Itís what we do. So, it becomes essential to know where your boundaries are, even more so, not to make exceptions. Trust me, the more you edge toward that line, you start edging over the line, then you find yourself at the point of indecision. Well, when it comes to abstinence, indecision is a decision. I learned that to the point where it is rock reality.
That is why it is so incredibly important to have programs, and be a part of programs like ULTRA Teen Choice. They are that support you need, and they help you keep your head on straight during the times when everything else is spinning around you. You donít have to be worrying what you may catch or whether or not a baby is on the way and whether or not to preserve its life. In these and other ways, you can keep dreaming big, with your goals and steps in sight and not have to worry about not being a part of something. You are a part of something, with people who respect your decisions.
STAR Guide Intern Opportunity
Are you a high school or college student who believes in sexual abstinence? Then help others while getting paid to be a STAR (Student Teaching Abstinence & Responsibility). Contact Richard by email or call 202-558-5550.
See all of the items at the
The War on Intimacy
by Richard Panzer and Mary Ann Mosack
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