Local teens ready to help in Guatemala

Generation Next to build homes, provide food, clothing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Generation Next will help build homes, provide food, clothing for underprivileged.

"We try to create an atmosphere where it's safe and fun, where they can come and hang out, it's a Christian atmosphere," said Jason Masters.

Masters is the Director of Ministry at Generation Next, the group that aims at engaging kids between 12 and 18 years old and they do it every weekend Friday and Saturday nights.

"We specifically do it on Friday and Saturday night so we don't take kids away from any local church they go to," said Masters.

Generation Next began two years ago when two local women wanted a safe environment for teens to hangout.

Brian McKenzie's mom was one of those creators. He remembers when there were only 15 kids who showed up the first weekend. Today, that number is much larger and McKenzie said the impact is also growing.

"Then it grew really fast and now we are averaging about 150-160," said McKenzie. "I think it's crazy how God moves. Everybody wants to be here, which is awesome."

Soon, the group is planning to impact more than just their Oceanway area. The group travels to Guatemala in about a week and their goal will be to to help those in need.

"We're going to Guatemala and we are going to build four homes," said Masters. "We're going to feed 48 families for a whole month, clothes distribution, special needs orphanage."

"I think it is going to change my life forever. The way I see it, I think we're spoiled here and they're not at all," said McKenzie.

Students have spent the last month raising money for the trip, so far the teens have pulled together $10,000 they are only $2000 away from their goal.

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