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9-year-old Remi waters plants as he learns about gardening at Lifeline's after-school program on Monday, July 9 in Oceanside. Photo by Shana Thompson
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After-school program allows teens to serve community

OCEANSIDE – North County Lifeline, an organization whose overall mission is to teach self-reliance, is running a pilot program in Oceanside this summer called “Teens Leading North County.”

The program aims to give high school students the chance to learn about local issues and serve communities in North County, while gaining leadership and career related skills.

The program’s first project is taking place at Lifeline’s Club Crown Heights at La Casita, an after school program for elementary students in Oceanside’s Crown Heights neighborhood.

The teens are helping the children to learn about gardening and sustainability by working alongside them to plant and care for a garden and compost.

Volunteer Nayeli Alaniz, 19, helps to teach Jacob, 9, and Bianca, 10, about gardening. Photo by Shana Thompson