Ninth-grade students from Rome High and all four Floyd County high schools — Armuchee, Coosa, Model and Pepperell — will be negotiating Teen Maze on Wednesday and Thursday at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.
Parents and others are invited to preview the maze on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
“This is an opportunity for parents and other interested adults to negotiate the maze themselves, experience what the students will be experiencing, and also obtain a lot of information about problems facing teens today,” said Angie Robinson of the Floyd County Teen Resource Center.
Community volunteers will talk with students about the consequences of decisions related to drinking, drugs, impaired driving, dating violence and sexual activity, including sexual assault.
Designed to help teens make healthier life decisions, the Teen Maze is constructed so teens may pick scenarios along different paths that lead them to various consequences which are acted out. The goal is to reach graduation.
“They will actually get to see the consequences of decision-making without being in a risky position,” Robinson said.
Northwest Georgia Public Health and Family Connection of the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children & Youth are the lead agencies sponsoring the Teen Maze, but “it’s a community-sponsored event with broad-based support” said Family Connection’s Carol Willis.
The Teen Maze project grew out of planning by the Floyd County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, and the groups received a $5,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to make the project a reality, Willis said.
For more information about Teen Maze, contact Angie Robinson, Floyd County Teen Resource Center at 706-802-5828, or Carol Willis, Rome/Floyd County Commission on Children & Youth at 706-232-0703.