By Rosemary Pollock
Alabama Youth Conference Includes Community Service
WEAVER, ALABAMA -- While most teenagers are sleeping in during the
summer, Anna Harrison, Leah Thornton, Regina Parker and Jordan
Kilette of Birmingham were gathering blisters along the Chief Ladiga
Trail. Painful as it may be, it didn't slow down the 80 youth who
continued to rake, hoe and pick up trash Friday as they completed
their community service project for the annual Summer Youth
Conference of the Birmingham Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of
"It helps the community, and it makes a point that everyone can help
out," said Anna, 17, of Birmingham. "It surprises people that a
bunch of 17-year-old girls are out here doing this."
The youth, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
from the Birmingham area stake, range in age from 14-18. They are
participating in the two-day Summer Youth Conference which includes a
service project followed by a lot of fun.
Following the cleanup, the youth will gather in Elwood Park for a
picnic for lunch and attend a dance Friday evening at the Anniston
church building. Birmingham Young Women's Stake Secretary, Joyce
Thornton helped plan this years conference.
"We're always looking for good projects," she said. Prior projects
have included working with Habitat for Humanity and cleaning homes
for the poor. Most participants agree that the service makes them
"It's good to be helping out in the community," Regina Parker, 17,
said. "We do this twice a year." "The church challenges us to do
community service projects all the time," Leah added. "It's good to
feel like we're helping out." "It makes me feel good, and it makes
the community feel good that we come out here and help people out,"
said Jordan Killette, 17, of Locus Fork.
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By Brian Lazenby: Star Staff Writer