What is the measure of touching a life…particularly, a teenager’s life in our ever-changing culture?  The Campus Life program has been supporting and impacting youth in the Deer River area for over 20 years.  In that time, much has changed for our youth and the world in which they are growing up.  However, one thing remains steadfast and unchanging – the need to be heard and validated.   Heather Schjenken has been the Campus Life Director in Deer River since 1998, and offers this sentiment, “I’ve been fortunate to see first-hand the impact Campus life has made on so many young people in the last 20 years. I’ve seen Deer River students go on a 3rd world mission trip to care and serve people in great need, a teen feeling safe enough to talk about the stress of life just being too much some days, seeing them all gather and celebrate at a burger bash, hysterically laugh during a crazy crowd breaker game, and watching a student reach out to hug another student who just shared a heartbreaking story.”  Aiming to support and mentor 9-12 graders, Campus Life is a positive place where youth can go to have fun with friends, talk about issues relevant to them, and be heard without judgment.  Forward Health Foundation is honored to help in support of this mission.

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