Las Vegas is known for a lot of dark things. You can go to any newscast and it seems like day in and day out, there are stories painting young people in a negative light. A report just recently came out that teen suicide in Clark County is up fourfold in 2012, and if you go to any news website today there are stories of teenagers vandalizing cars, getting caught doing or selling drugs, and a few months ago there was a story about a group of teens beating up an innocent man for absolutely no reason at all.

What isn’t told about in our mainstream media, at least not regularly, is that there are young people who do make a difference in Las Vegas and who do shine bright in our community. Young people do set a good example and there are positive stories that take place even when the darkness seems to take over. Last year, students from the crossing took time out of their schedules to remove graffiti from a stretch of freeway on the US95. Student volunteers cleaned up an area around the College of Southern Nevada as part of Project Skyline this past Spring. I remember back in 2008, as part of Rejuvenation and Surgance, volunteers from all over the city, including many young people, painted the walls of Hinman Elementary School. I was talking with one of my friends who teaches at Lake Mead Christian Academy and they require seniors to do volunteer projects in the community each year as part of a senior project.

All of this is written to tell you that SOS Radio is doing something to make these positive stories known here in the community from now to the end of the year. If you are a teenager and are shining the light of Christ bright in Las Vegas, please go to their website for contact information and a way to get your story out there.

Proverbs 4:18

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. (NIV)