By Vicky Jenkinson
The Teen Maze took place at Jenkins High School on April 12 and April 13. Ninth-grade students from throughout Chatham County participated in the interactive maze about life choices and consequences. The students navigated the maze by picking a scenario from one of two bags at each stop in the maze. These scenarios led them to outcomes like jail, STDs, pregnancy, or graduation. The Teen Maze was an eye-opening event for students involved. It was also a great way for members of the community to reach out to today’s youth.
Irving Bailey of the Georgia Department of Labor takes time to talk to students about their career choices.
The first group of students to experience the Teen Maze fill out a questionnaire that helps them realize things they could accomplish or look forward to.
The Teen Maze starts by showing one possible consequence of texting while driving.
Students look into the truck where one of the two passengers did not make it.
A Jenkins student is prepped for The Hot Date, a part of the maze where students choose to either stay abstinent or give in to peer pressure.
The gray swine lung shows the effects of three months exposure to second-hand smoke.
A male student attempts to put a shirt on his three-week-old baby at the nursing booth.
Deputy Ron Robinson, a community relations officer, escorts a student to Superior Court.
At any point in the maze, students can be sent to court or jail based on their choices.
When students draw a scenario that results in death, this is where they come to reflect on scenarios they faced in the maze.
A Jenkins student experiences pregnancy and is asked to draw from the bag of choices to determine where she will go next in the maze.
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Jabrina Powell is one of the lucky students to navigate the Teen Maze all the way to graduation.