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Pounding the Rock at the Can

Pounding the Rock at the Can

June 14, 2016

Where do all the “bad” kids go? You know, those wayward teens who lack discipline, don’t show up on time, and often drop out of school. What happens to a fifteen year old with a learning disability who struggles and falls behind? Who has the time and patience to mentor a teen with an attitude problem these days? Is it even possible for a high school to help a teenage mother get her diploma or craft a schedule for a juvenile who has to work during the day to help feed his family? Sadly, there are many teens in Austin who have given up and forgotten their dreams, if they had any at all. They simply don’t fit the traditional school system of block schedules, closed campuses and the unrelenting pressure to prepare and pay for college, when some don’t believe they are worthy. These challenges drain the resources of traditional schools and sap the spirit of our youth before they even have a chance at shaping their lives. Jesus dropped out at 17 years old to clean offices. “I lived day to day, was always sad, and not very proud of myself.” He looks at the floor and reflects on that lost year. “My parents fought all the time, and my father was very bad.” He paused, then shared a deep truth. “I made some bad choices.”


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