“It’s not a lot of beef [unhealthy conflict] here,” said one 10:12 participant
“This is like the family that I never had,” said another.
One Saturday night in January, Hov called asking if he could come inside my house. Neighborhood folk dropping by is a regular occurrence, having lived in the neighborhood for some years now. Hov walked through the door, with 8 other teens who are also involved in 10:12. He smirked at my overwhelmed expression – we now had over 12 people in the living room of our narrow rowhome. The next 20 minutes were filled with multiple voices passionately expressing their excitement, questions, and suggestions for how 10:12 would progress and operate this year. My children, excited and puzzled by the high energy in the room, went over to look all of the teens up and down, as if to say “ya’ll are doing TOO much.”
Budding Peer Communities
As the teens left with some random snacks from our house, I realized I had witnessed the manifestation of one of our core values: COMMUNITY. These teens went back to Hov’s house, and with four additional 10:12 teens, fellowshipped together in a safe space until the next day. 10:12 has been the space where this group of teens has both developed and strengthened relationships with one another. From encouraging each other physically, academically, emotionally, and spiritually, they have created a space for one another to flourish.
With ~200 teens that will be enrolled in 10:12 this year, our hope is to see more peer communities like this form. Communities where our teens not only challenge one another to make successful decisions, but to dedicate their lives to knowing God and seeking His calling for their lives.