Local high school teens were surprised to learn about the reality consequences to having sexual experiences, getting pregnant, and drug and alcohol use during a TEEN MAZE hosted by the High Achiever’s Program Tuesday afternoon in the Georgia College Magnolia Ballroom.
The TEEN MAZE stimulated nearly 150 students to think about the potential consequences of risky behavior and decisions based on various scenarios. Teens experienced simulations in pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease contraction and treatment, adoption, underage drinking, drug use, jail, death, and the ultimate goal of high school graduation.
High-schoolers began their journey through the maze at a drinking party. Students who were underage drinking were arrested by real Georgia College police officers and sent to jail while some students headed to have their first date. Depending on which situation was randomly chosen, students encountered their first sexual experience, went to the drug store to find out that they contracted a STD or were pregnant. Other students went through their high school years abstaining from sex, refraining from drugs and alcohol, and graduating to have successful careers.
Around 70 volunteers helped and supported High Achievers to make the TEEN MAZE possible, including Georgia College staff, students and police, Exchange Bank, the Department of Family and Children’s Services, Department of Juvenile Justice, Crossroads Pregnancy Center, North Central Health District and members of the community.