(WTVM) - Instead of playing games or hanging out with friends, sixteen local teenagers are volunteering their time to help homeless people.
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is hosting its fourth annual Live United Youth camp.
One student from each of the twelve Muscogee County middle schools, Faith Middle School at Fort Benning, Harris County Carver Middle School, Saint Luke and Saint Anne Pacelli are in attendance.
We spoke with Terri Parodi, director of the youth camp who explains what a program like this can accomplish.
"They're learning about how it's important to make good decisions when you're growing up and to also learn about the community what our needs are and where volunteers and financial help can make a difference in the community," Parodi said.
The students will be volunteering at the Open Door Community House, Homeless Resource Network, and Columbus Dream Center.
The goal is for them to learn the importance of volunteering in the community, and experience homelessness.