Str8Up is a non-denominational, Christ-centered community youth center. Str8Up was born from the vision of Sammy and Dana Telesco, inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Str8Up youth house is a safe place for middle and high school age young people to come and learn about Jesus, get academic help, enjoy athletics and much more, all under the guidance of mentors and tutors.
VISION: to see the youth of Highlands County experience the love of God, the support of their community, and become faithful followers of Jesus and to lead others to Him.
MISSION: to invest in the lives of our youth for the purpose of leading them to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
STRATEGY: to provide a safe haven for our youth, physically, emotionally and socially. We believe a safe environment allows them the freedom to spread their wings in a setting where Christian principals are modeled and applied.
Programs: Program strategy is based on coordinating community mentors to invest in the holistic growth of each youth. Mentors must pass a background check.
At Str8Up we seek
Spiritual development through appropriate biblical instruction.
Academic development thorough tutoring/ homework assistance and scholastic activities.
Artistic development through exposure to the arts by local artists using varied mediums.
Athletic development through sports/ recreation and support for local school athletic programs.
Life skills development through educational ad mentoring experiences.
Career development through educating youth on various career opportunities, internships and job placement.