ASU's ASPIRE Summer Camp for Local Teens Does Community Service @ Boys & Girls Club!

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- This story was written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

A group of over 100 local teens who are part of ASU's ASPIRE Summer Camp program will go to the Montgomery Boys & Girls Club on June 20, to perform community service so local at-risk youth will have a better place to enjoy themselves with sports, games, and fellowship.

ASU's ASPIRE Summer Camp teens are part of a program at Alabama State University that allies with public and private schools in Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore counties to offer a summer camp for youth (grades 6 - 12) that has regular summertime fun with sports, field trips and activities, and that also works on academic needs. Additionally, it fosters and encourages elementary - high school students to stay off drugs, develop a positive self-image, stay out of trouble and stay in school.

During the school year, it hosts local public and private school students each week after school (on ASU's campus at no cost) to help them with their homework, offer tutoring in subjects they need assistance with by college scholars, extend to them positive role models and organize fun field-trips.

ASPIRE stands for:  Amazing Students Putting In Resilient Effort and that is exactly what it does for our River Region youth who are its members.

The director of the ASU's ASPIRE program said that its Boys & Girl's Club work project will be inspirational to all who observe it.

"The Boys & Girl's Club effort by our ASPIRE members, who are just teenagers themselves, offers a heart-warming look at seeing our young River Region summer camp teenagers working to advance the needs of others who are indeed 'in need' at the local Boys and Girls Club. This is inspired by President Ross' Communiversity ideal," said Cynthia Handy, director and founder of ASU's ASPIRE program.

“I believe that youth need to learn to serve their community because it gives them a sense of pride in knowing that they can give a hand and make a difference in the lives of others,” Handy added.

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