Finding good activities for Christian teenagers, that will bless their lives and help others, is a challenge, but I can recommend one program for your teens which easily satisfies the requirement for Texas civics instruction. My teenagers have participated in teen court for many years. It is an excellent program for giving your teens a good opportunity to do practical civics training while learning about the court system. They can be a real help in the community by helping young offenders, who are also teenagers, to have a second chance to learn from their mistakes and reform their lives. At teen court, which is sponsored by a law firm and a Christian judge, each teenager will be a juror and can move through the roles of bailiff, clerk, asst. attorneys for prosecution and defense, then attorneys, and, finally, when they are seniors, they can choose to be a judge.
If you live near Austin, Texas, the first training night for this school year is tonight, Aug. 15th at the Williamson County Annex in Cedar Park, Texas (north of Austin) just off of Hwy. 183. Tonight, they will be practicing for the different roles and learning about the real cases they will be trying on Aug. 22nd. Many homeschoolers participate in this free program, as well as some students from public school and Christian schools in the area.
Another advantage for the teens is that they will develop their speech skills and gain confidence in speaking in front of a group while using their knowledge, training, and values to help their peers. If you would like more information, please check out their website at: www.ymcateencourt.com There are other teen courts around Texas as well.
If you live in another state, perhaps a judge in your community may be open to a program such as this.
Blessings to each of you as you plan activities for your teenagers that are worthwhile and an investment in their future.