By Bob Weaver

The Calhoun school board approved the Calhoun Middle-High School Youth Force Program at last night's meeting.

The program educates students to become educators to their peers, family and community, through direct and indirect involvement with law and court officials, emergency and fire services, health care professionals and social services.

The local project has been developed by Shari Johnson, who said "We hope this will make a difference in people's lives."

The project calls for student involvement in service learning activities, which can prepare students to cope with crisis situations in their home, community and nation, said Johnson.

The Club Pride program is designed for youths ages 11-13, emphasizing character development, leadership skills, and practical life skills.

The America's Pride program targets youth 14-18 engaging in peer intervention and community outreach.

The Teen Court is a diversion program for first-time misdemeanor offenders.

The school board gave their unanimous support to the program.

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