Summer work project teaches youth values

Summer work project teaches youth values

A group of 13 young teenagers are spending their summer washing cars, picking up trash, and doing landscape work around Macon. 

At 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday, teenagers at Strong Tower Fellowship’s Summer Work Project pick up their rags and soap and start washing cars for free.

“Good job on those tires,” says Robert Colbert, the church's pastoral intern.

He says it's just a way to keep children busy.

“Some from a troubled background and where they are targeted by gangs and a lot of negative activity, and so what we're trying to do is be here for them,” says Colbert.

 Demorria and his twin, Miraculous Raines, says growing up in a single-parent household was rough.

“My father left when I was 7, and I really didn't have a father figure in my life, so now I had to depend on my mom, and now were helping her out with the bills,” says Colbert.

However, projects like car washes and landscaping open them up to new experiences.

“This is my first time doing landscaping and it's going great. You see I'm busting a sweat,” says Raines.

The summer-long project provides the services free of charge, but they do accept donations.

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

It teaches youth like 16-year-old Zyquayvious Hightower discipline.

“It's teaching me hard work and more teamwork effort and how to get along with everyone else and not just be off by myself all of the time,” says Hightower.

Colbert says he teaches the teenagers, interviewing skills, work ethic, how to handle themselves with authority and he plans to encouraging the youth all summer long.

“You're doing a real good job, brother,” says Colbert.

If those students continue through out the program, they will receive a $1,200 stipend. 

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