Youth Outreach Update

We’ve had a busy and productive spring at Generations for Life. Our curriculum is near completion, a new brochure is under production and we’re lining up talks for the fall. We were recently awarded a generous grant of $3000 from the Sisters of Charity, BVM that is helping to make all these projects possible. We are grateful to the sisters for helping us spread our message of life and hope to the youth.

Annie in Champaign

Pure clean water as a metaphor for chastity in Annie’s addresses to students at St. Thomas High School in Champaign, IL
[Photo by Eric Scheidler]

Reaching Out to Young Women

On April 10, Mary Shine and I returned to St. Scholastica Catholic High School for girls, to give our Women and Abortion presentation. Afterwards a young woman approached us for post-abortion information for a friend of hers.

In mid-April I met with Mary-Louise Kurey, Angus McGuire and Margie Mansco of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who share our mission of reaching out to teens with the pro-life, pro-chastity message. We discussed several possibilities for future collaboration, including plans for a youth rally next spring and a pro-life leadership conference in the fall of 2004.

In early May, I was invited to Detroit, MI to give a talk on the Dignity of Women to a group of 600 young girls ages 11-15 and their mothers at a modesty fashion show. Dozens of girls from area Challenge Clubs, a Regnum Christi outreach to young women, modeled clothing that was hip and cool, but modest. Among the stores that donated styles for the event were Marshall Field’s and the Gap.

Pleasant Trip to Champaign

On May 14, Fr. Dwight Campbell invited me to come down to Champaign, IL to speak to the entire student body of St. Thomas More High School, and then to a group of seventh and eighth graders at his parish in Philo on the subject of chastity. Mary Shine helped give part of the Philo presentation. Between the talks Mary and I toured the campus of the University of Illinois with our friend Robert Casselman and my brother Eric, both graduates of U of I, who joined us on the trip along with my nephews Nate and Sam, Eric’s sons. After the talk Fr. Dwight took us all out to dinner.

Annie and Mary Conduct June 7 Workshop

Mary and Annie’s youth outreach workshop at “Bring America Back to Life”
[Photo by Danita Covington]

During the “Bring America Back to Life” celebration, Mary and I conducted a workshop on youth outreach with high-school teacher John Jansen, who is working with us this summer, junior high teacher Tom Morrison. Then I was off to Dayton with my mother, Ann Scheidler, to do a sidewalk counseling training session.

Please continue to pray for Generations for Life and the teens we work with, with a special prayer of thanks for the generosity of the Sisters of Charity, BVM.

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