HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- Together Ministries is trying to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of kids in our area.
"The teenage pregnancies, the alcohol, the drugs, the smoking, all of it. It's becoming younger and that's what I think breaks my heart. There's 15, 14, 13, 12 year-olds dealing with things that I didn't have to deal with until I was in high school and college," said Madeline Owen, a college student.
Owen is preparing to go back to college, and deal with the social issues that come with it.
"You're dealing with 21 year-olds who can buy alcohol for underage kids. The situation you get put in, it's hard to say no, but you do give in sometimes. You have to say no. It can be hard, I understand that.," said Owen.
That's why she spent her Saturday at the 4th annual 'Back to School Bash' at Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday. It's put on by 'Together Ministries', which was created by a group of churches. It's all about making positive choices when these kids head back to school.
Erica and Tommy Lucas say it's scary that many kids are exposed drugs and alcohol.
"It's constant fear that we want to keep them aware and that we don't want to get caught up in wordly things or temporary happiness," said Tommy Lucas.
The Lucases have three kids, and all of them are heading back to school. They say their kids have faced their own issues in the classroom.
"They've had tough decisions to make with girls not being kind to one another, and we're always sending the message to be kind and repay kindness," said Erica Lucas.
They're hoping the sense of community here helps these kids make the right choices in the week ahead.
"You get to see the influence and change in people throughout the years, they know that someone else is out there that cares about them and that's the cool part. That's what I think will make the change," said Erica.
"Together Ministries" is already raising money for next years bash. Click on the link on the sidebar of this story, or call the ministry at (540) 476-4248, for more information on how you can donate.
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