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“My Life, My Choices” – 7th graders learn about real-life situations through interactive experiences

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - More than a dozen local organizations come together to teach young teenagers about real-life situations through interactive experiences.

The event is called "My Life, My Choices."

Nearly 13,000 7th-graders from East, West, and North Middle Schools were bused to Long Lines Family Recreational Center in Sioux City.

Organizers say the event is "prevention-focused."

They hope teens understand there are future consequences to the decisions they make now.

The teens have been learning about depression, sexuality, career choices, and drugs.

"Our whole goal was to say every student has an aha moment where they think wow I didn't know that, and now I know what I need to understand in order to make good decisions. We really want them to think about their future, and to know that folks in the community care about them," said Mandy Engel-Cartie, Girls Inc. Exec Director.

Some of the organizations that teamed up with VolunteerSiouxland for the event were the Sioux City Police Department, CNOS, and UnityPoint Health St. Luke's.

"The biggest accomplishment is us all coming together and working collaboratively to promote the education and the opportunities and resources within this community for all of our teenage population," Leah Knapp, Director of Analytics and Community Benefits at UnityPoint Health.

Organizers say they hope this first-time event becomes an annual event.

Xava Parra

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