The Teens in Action program is built on Camp Fire's recognition that youth are part of the solution to, and not the problem with, today's social challenges. It inspires and honors community responsibility, contributes to the future of volunteerism in the United States, and encourages a sense of caring for those involved.
The principles behind the Teens in Action program are based on youth-adult partnerships and learning through empowering experiences. Overall the intent is to build strong ties between teens, their families, adult mentors, their schools, churches, and communities by allowing teens to take charge of their activities by focusing on the issues that matter to them.
Through Teens in Action, Camp Fire teens take a definitive stance on such issues as:
- Preserving the environment
- Suicide prevention
- Cultural awareness
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Global issues
Camp Fire regularly partners with Learn and Serve America to obtain grants for its teen members to address important issues facing communities across the nation. Currently, Heart of Oklahoma is participating in the Learn and Serve America Grant entitled "Prepare Today - Lead Tomorrow". This service-learning based grant focuses on community emergency preparedness and provides opportunities for youth to work with state agencies and other nonprofit agencies, such as the American Red Cross, in developing programs to train families, school children, and other citizens how to be prepared in the face of a disaster or emergency situation. Heart of Oklahoma teens living in the Oklahoma City metro area chose to focus on tornado preparedness for their grant project and have presented their program to schools, as well as other community events.
For more information about Heart of Oklahoma's teens in action programming, contact: Elizabeth Logan at 405.254.2068 or click here to send here an email.