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Boot Camp in Los Angeles Trains Teens in Pro-Life Activism

Contact: Danielle Versluys, Director of Special Events, Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, 909-213-5339


LOS ANGELES, Mar. 20 /Standard Newswire/ --  Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a pro-life youth organization, will hold the 10th annual ProLife Training Camp in Los Angeles, California from June 27 to July 8.


Over 50 young people, ages 14 and up, from across the nation will travel to Southern California to participate in what many have dubbed "pro-life boot camp."


Featured in the Los Angeles Times, Jane and Teen People, the high energy 12-day camp offers an opportunity for high school and college-age youth who want to be trained in effective pro-life activism.


"I have always felt that abortion is wrong," says Angelique Guarneri, age 15, who will be attending the camp again this year.  "But until I went to camp last year, I didn't feel like I could articulate why."


She continues, "Survivors has helped me to see that my age is not an obstacle to my voice being heard on critical issues such as abortion.  Instead, I feel that my age is an asset.  Who better to speak about abortion than someone who had a 1 in 3 chance of being a victim themselves?"


The first few days of camp equip Survivors with the foundational tools they will need for effective activism. Students complete basic and advanced training from nationally recognized pro-life advocates through seminars and skill-building exercises.

The topics covered include: the basic science of when life begins, pro-life apologetics, how to counsel women in unplanned pregnancies, using the media to get out the pro-life message, planning and executing a successful event, and knowing the legal rights in the public square.


21-year-old Kenny Reed from Wichita, Kansas, credits the ProLife Training Camp with giving him confidence in discussions about abortion.  "Because of my experience at Survivors Camp, I now feel that I can speak to anyone.  So many people are afraid to take a stand on abortion, but I am willing to take a stand because I know how to talk to people about the issue.  Whether it's to a college professor or to my peer, the truth about abortion remains the same and I am ready to share it with them."


The second part of the camp challenges the youth to put the training they receive into action. With the encouragement of experienced advisors, the Survivors are given opportunities to practice their skills at events, whether as event leader or media spokesperson. The goal is to prepare them to coordinate their own events and activities when they return home.


"The future of the pro-life movement lies in our youth.  We are dedicated to equipping and activating young people who have a heart for the pre-born and are willing to be used by God to defend those unjustly sentenced to death," says Cheryl Conrad, Executive Director of Survivors.  "The next generation of pro-life leaders can be found at the Survivors ProLife Training Camp!"