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Daddy Dash Race to kick off ministry to help teen mothers

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A new ministry to help teen mothers will kick off on Father's Day with the Daddy Dash Race for Thee Father 5K run and walk.

It will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 16, at Harris Riverfront Park. There also will be event for fathers and their children, including a three-legged race, face painting, free photos and a stroller-decorating contest.

A worship service at the amphitheater will follow.

YoungLives is a ministry of Young Life for teen moms and their babies. Through large outreach events, small get-togethers and one-on-one relationships, adult mentors come alongside teen mothers to offer friendship, guidance and hope.

Leading the effort is Jordan Sheils, an art teacher in Ashland, who is leaving the teaching field to go into the ministry.

"Mentorship is the key component, walking beside them in life," she said. "Theologically, we're doing it all truly so the girls know the Lord."

Through YoungLives, volunteer mentors provide ongoing support to teen girls by offering the simple gift of their time. They encourage young mothers in their struggles and provide true, lasting friendship. At YoungLives Club, the teenagers come together for food, fun, music and other activities.

Child care is provided at every club meeting to allow the moms an opportunity to relax and have fun with one another.

At YoungLives Camp, teen moms and their children are able to participate in Young Life's annual adventure camps.

Registration for the 5K is $25, or $200 for teams of 10.

For more information, contact Sheils at 304-633-8418 or jordanleighsheils@gmail.com; or Danielle Adkins at 304-617-3365 or danielleadkins95@gmail.com.