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Updated: 06/19/2014 08:00:04AM

STR8 UP Youth Ministry welcomes new sixth-graders

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STR8 UP Youth Ministry in Lake Placid is now welcoming incoming sixth grade students. The ministry provides a safe haven for children 12 through 18 to meet after school. Students receive free tutoring and mentoring.

Students can walk to the South Main Avenue youth house from Lake Placid Middle and High schools. All activities are free with the exception of some field trips.

The ministry has a three-fold approach to turning students into leaders; academic, athletics and spiritual growth. The ministry provides the community many volunteer hours through service projects completed by the youngsters.

Every student must have a parent or guardian register them to participate. Parents must show photo identification upon registration. Special permission slips must be signed to attend lake days and water activities.

There are many field trips, including such places as Wet-n-Wild near Orlando, as well as service projects such as helping out at the Caladium Festival. Students can earn volunteer hours at STR8 UP.

“We have a ton of fun things in store for the youth this summer,” said ministry president Sammy Telesco.

Current hours of operation are Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 8 p.m.

“With more students we will need more volunteers,” said Telesco. “Any time that is given would be appreciated.”

For more information on the ministry call the office at 863-699-1480 or visit the website at