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Teens learn to help themselves

Local counseling groups teach at-risk youths the joy of giving

Posted: December 17, 2009 10:22 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2009 7:30 a.m.
 
A group of at-risk pre-teens and teens will put on elf and Santa hats Saturday and join the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in providing low-income families with holiday gifts.

The volunteer effort joins youth from Action Family Counseling, Inc., and Life Visions, two local counseling providers for teens who face issues such as ditching school and drug offenses, said life coach Mary Jordan.

The youths are scheduled to help the parents of low-income families choose Christmas gifts for their children from a collection of items donated to the Sheriff's annual toy drive, Jordan said.

"It's very empowering for the teens to be able to help somebody else," Jordan said, adding that she has brought teens to the event in the past.

"When you're able to contribute to a greater cause, it helps you put your life in perspective and your problems in perspective."

Jordan plans to follow the event next week with a group activity that helps the teens reflect on what it was like to give to others, she said.

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