High school students are giving back to the community in a big way

Youth volunteers are making a difference

BAKERSFIELD - Many high school students filled football stadiums across Kern County, but there were some teens missing from a few of those games.  A group of students are starting a new tradition.

High school students belonging to the Crossroads Christian Fellowship in East Bakersfield are learning a valuable lesson they plan to pass on to people around the community.

Liberty High School student, Stephen Nunneley is always looking for ways to improve the community.

"It's just our responsibility to give back to it.  I mean, people need help and if you're able bodied then you should go and help," he said.

Nunneley is part of the Serve Your City program organized through the Crossroads Christian Fellowship.  It’s a project where students volunteer to help improve where they live.

"I decided to be part of this because I felt like it’s something that I needed to do," said Nunneley.

Students are working with the Bakersfield Rescue Mission as well as a women’s ministry and the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

"We're going to be able to serve people in their environment that we might not have an opportunity to serve.  So, that's something I'm really excited about," said Cherish Jessee of the Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

Teens share their faith and introduce religion to people willing to listen.

"We just wanted to show the community, Jesus in a way that maybe it's not done often.  So, we decided why not roll up our selves and do some work," said youth pastor, Cory Fenn.

Students plan to set up a tent city inside the church where they will stay all weekend.

"Personally, as a personal factor I just want to grow closer and learning what I can do as a Christian," said high school student, Vincent Galindo.

The students are also visiting a few retirement homes during the program organizers hope to make this a yearly event.

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