Believing in the Nuyu had its annual graduation on July 28 for the teens, who attended its camp this summer.
The mentoring program graduated 16 mentees this year.
“We had an amazing time with family and friends celebrating our youth’s achievements,” said Eugene Johnson, who cofounded Believing in the NuYu with his daughter, Rafaela Johnson, in 2015.
The program operates year-round, promoting topics from self-esteem to gardening. It culminates each summer with the eight-week camp, which includes the opportunity for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Different adults cover various topics during meetings and work with the teens, 12-18 years old.
“The mission of our program is to touch our youth’s lives in positive ways by teaching them, showing them and supporting them with guidance they may use throughout life,” Johnson said. “We would like to give our youth the opportunity, to have a successful and bright future despite our differences.”
During the graduation, guests watched youth preform, share Bible verses and talk about the lessons they had learned during camp. Parents and supporters provided food and drinks for youth and guests.