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A new approach to the ‘Friday Night Life’

Cazenovia High School students take a break from activities at the summer camp they attended with Cazenovia Young Life earlier this year, to pose for a group photo. Cazenovia Young Life will hold their first "Friday Night Life" from 9 p.m. to midnight Dec. 2 in the Wendell House, on the left side of the Presbyterian Church.

Cazenovia High School students take a break from activities at the summer camp they attended with Cazenovia Young Life earlier this year, to pose for a group photo. Cazenovia Young Life will hold their first "Friday Night Life" from 9 p.m. to midnight Dec. 2 in the Wendell House, on the left side of the Presbyterian Church.

— You are a high school student and it is Friday night — what do you do? If you live in Cazenovia your options are limited, especially ones that are fun, safe, substance-free and memorable.

That is, until now. In response to a recent assembly at Cazenovia High School by Matt Bellace, a motivational speaker with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, a local community group has decided to create an alternative to the party scene for high school students.

Cazenovia Young Life is breaking from tradition by changing the night and time of their regular weekly outreach meeting and adding another fun activity to extend the night.

“We aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel here — just how we use it” said Cazenovia Young Life Director Kelly Hyatt. “Every kid in the high school just heard Matt Bellace talk about how they can have fun substance-free and being a faith-based organization; that is something we’ve always been about in Young Life.”

Another point made by Bellace was clear — do something late at night to give kids a true alternative to the party scene. Dubbed “Friday Night Life” and hosted by Young Life, the fun begins at 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and will run until midnight each Friday throughout the winter.

There is no membership in Young Life, no club to join, or required attendance.

“Any student in grades 9 through 12 who wants to take part is welcome. We’ll kick off the season the night of the Tree Lighting and Christmas Walk — just show up at The Wendell House located on the west side of the Presbyterian Church at 9 p.m.” Hyatt said. “We’ll keep doing what we’ve done at Monday night Young Life; we’ll sing songs, do funny skits, play games and hear from one of the leaders about how faith in God and His love for us, gives our lives great worth, meaning, and purpose. Then we will head out and do another activity until midnight!”

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