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LIFESPAN’s Youth Outreach 

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LIFESPAN’s Youth Outreach – History

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“No law can give me the right to do what is wrong” – Abe Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This statement was on the back of our March for Life hoodies in January 2015 for the Youth Bus Trip.

 

 

History2  We were looking forward to using the beanie at this year’s March but we will have to wear them for the 2017 March!

Beanie hats shown by 2016 Marchers

 

History3  March for Life 2016 – Fewer people, but still a very impressive crowd!

Picture from breitbart.com

 

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The Simon Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Simon family, close friends of Lynn & Jeff Gura, who live in the VA area, were able to make it to the March for Life (Hurray!) and got home safely before the bulk of the snow came down. It was reported by them, however, that the roads were already getting slippery.

 

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Picture from witf.org – taken by Michael Watkins

Washington, DC was hit hard by Winter Storm Jonas on Friday, January 22nd, as the March for Life ended. The historic blizzard brought more snow than the nation’s capital had seen in 94 years. The storm, referred to as “Snowzilla”, shut down travel on the roads and in the air. In an article by Myles Snyder, ABC News, published January 23rd, it was reported that 80 miles of the PA Turnpike was closed so that authorities could rescue people who had been stuck on the highway since Friday night, January 22nd. Had our nine buses gone to DC for the March, we would have been stranded on the turnpike trying to get back home or stranded in DC with no place to go. With heavy hearts, we cancelled our 2016 “Movement in Motion” Youth Bus Trip to DC the day before we were scheduled to leave, but we look forward to the 2017 trip!

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   IN THE YEAR 2003, the month of September, in a city called Troy, in a state called Michigan, Right to Life – LIFESPAN’s Oakland/Macomb Chapter office began a long journey of accepting the names and addresses of high school students (10th-12th grade) and youth group leaders who wanted to be kept informed on what was happening in the local area related to pro-life issues.

   LIFESPAN received an invitation to be a vendor at a special event at Shrine High School, as they began their new school year.  It was an event where students could go and learn more about various non-profit organizations in the area, so they could determine where they would like to be involved as volunteers.

Well, to my delight and surprise, 55 students wrote their names and addresses on the signup sheet I had sitting on the table!  These names and addresses began a brand new Youth Mailing List for LIFESPAN!  Since that time, the list of names has changed and grown so much!

The monthly Youth Mailing includes upcoming pro-life activities and events in the area, volunteer opportunities we have available, and updates on current pro-life news that related to the younger generation through regular “snail mail”.   Some young people may ask,

“What is that?”    History8

   I know many of them communicate through social media all the time, but if they choose to give me their home address, I’ll be happy to send them a note the “good old-fashioned way” with pen, paper, an envelope, and a 49 cent stamp.  Then I’ll put it in the mailbox, being sure to put the red flag up so the mail person knows to take that piece of mail to the post office!  They can see how the “ancient” system still works today!  It’s actually pretty neat getting something in the mailbox (that isn’t a bill or junk!!!!).

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Fast Forward: IN THE YEAR 2016, the month of March, we are sending the Youth Mailing through e-mail to…(Get ready for this great news!!!!):

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   1,898 junior high, high school, and college students, young adults, parents, teachers, principals, pro-life groups at high schools, youth group directors and pastors, directors of religious education, campus ministers, youth ministers, Life Teen groups, homeschooling groups, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, Madonna University, and Students for Life of Michigan groups, Crusaders for Life Detroit group, Operation Abolish Abortion group, Young Professionals for Life group, pastors, priests, deacons, and volunteers who work with young people!  We also post current pro-life events and news through Facebook.

The territory of LIFESPAN’s Youth Outreach has grown to cover Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties, the city of Detroit, the cities of Lakeport and Port Huron, and some cities in St. Clair County.  We do whatever we can to encourage young people to continue their mission of abolishing abortion through education, facts, and Truth, so they can bravely and passionately uphold the sacredness, respect, and dignity of innocent human Life, from the moment of conception till natural death!  It is a beautiful thing to see the younger generation so full of energy, hope, love and LifeThey are my inspiration!  I know they will continue to press on and move forward carrying their candle, burning brightly, lighting the way in the darkness that is trying to cover them, to snuff them out.

Through e-mails, our website, and the social media avenues of Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, LIFESPAN offers “Generation Truth” many pro-life events and activities, volunteer opportunities, and material assistance to help them learn more about the various pro-life issues, including abstinence/purity, abortion, effects of abortion on women/men/families, adoption, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem cell research, and human cloning.   By offering all these tools, we hope to help them be not only learned, but peaceful pro-life activists as well!

Here is a list of activities and events we will continue to offer young people, their families, and their friends:

  • Celebration of Life Dinner inMay
  • Mother’s Day Flower Project in May
  • Father’s Day Candy and Pen Project in June
  • 2000 Crosses Display in the Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • CIDER Walk for Life in early Fall
  • Life Chain in October
  • “Movement in Motion” Youth Bus Trip in January to attend the March for Life in DC
  • Baby Showers to benefit local pregnancy help centers in March
  • Pro-Life Vendor Booths at local schools and churches where there are conferences, fairs & festivals
  • Baby Bottle Project (“Change for a future) throughout the school year
  • Monthly Youth Mailings via e-mail
  • Support to Pro-Life Youth Groups, College/University Student for Life Groups, and Young Adult groups for their Pro-Life Event
  • Pro-Life Materials and Sources (including rubber bracelets, Precious Feet pins, envelope stickers, bumper stickers, and literature.  We also provide speakers for K-12 grades and college.
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Volunteers Sakeenah Eichenberger and Annie Fournier at the Celebration of Life Dinner, May 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“We are the Pro-Life Generation” Student Event at Oakland University, August 2013 – Marisa Rosenbaum, Cullen Callaghan, and Bekah Smith spoke to the audience about Pro-Life activism at school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteers Sam Smith and Nathan Fournier at the Celebration of Life Dinner, May 2014.

 

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Mirna Awrow and Christina Lopiccolo, O.U. Students for Life Group – Mirna was our Pro-Life Jeopardy Game Show Host, August 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maria Vitale and her dad, Joe, on her high school graduation day, June 2014. She did a fabulous job in assisting Lynn Gura with the 2016 “Movement in Motion” Youth Bus Trip preparation in the fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anne Marie Morin with Diane Trombley and Diane Fagelman. Anne Marie won the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Oakland/Macomb Office, February 2015. She is now a part time employee at our Wayne County Chapter.

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Several young adult friends who have been a part of LIFESPAN in some way. We are gathered together at the Gura home to celebrate the Christmas season. Most of these young people were registered to go on the 2016 Youth Bus Trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Some of the college students who supported us in their younger years are now part of pro-life groups on college/university campuses here in Michigan and in other states, and several of them who graduated from college are engaged or have gotten married, and some have started their own Pro-Life families!  How totally wonderful it is to see them grow up and continue being dedicated to the cause of Life in many other ways!

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Dylan and Anne Vrazo, married in May 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Josh and Leah Ross, married in August 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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James and Mary Kreger, married in October 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joe and Karina Masterson, married in December 2015.

 

 

   The ideas and suggestions that young people offer us related to our activities and events is very important and valuable!   With various projects, we bring together high school students, college students, and young adults to form planning committees for our activities and events.  These committees assist with developing, organizing, and promoting our activities and events.

   Elementary, junior high and high school students, and college students have volunteered their time in helping us in a variety of ways, including data entry; phone calls; taking our Baby Bottle Project to their faith communities and schools (this benefits our Youth programs and our Wee Care outreach to pregnant moms in need of assistance); counting and sorting LIFE Chain signs; working at conferences, fairs, and festivals; working at the Celebration of Life Dinner; cutting ribbons and tying them to tags for the Mother’s Day flower project; labeling candy bars for the Father’s Day Candy project; stuffing and labeling envelopes for mailings; and putting packets of information together for activities and events.  We always enjoy seeing their smiling faces and appreciate their energetic support!

Lynn Gura, Youth Director – Right to Life – LIFESPAN

248-816-1546 – www.miLIFESPAN.org – www.facebook.com/lifespan.officialpage

Updated: 4/1/16