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Engaging in Real Life Action
Volume 75, Program 5
5/25/2007
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How can your children learn both inside and outside your homeschool? Listen in as Michael Farris discusses practical learning with The Pillar Foundation’s Sharon Cordner, on today’s Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Farris:
My guest today is Sharon Cordner who, along with her husband Mike, helps to lead the program for homeschoolers in St. Louis called the Pillar Foundation. Sharon, I know that you have a program that you call the Teen Eagles program that’s associated with Phyllis Schlafly’s work. You told me a story about how you trained young people, relative to the United Nations. I’d just love for our listeners to hear that story about your young people and what they did.

Sharon Cordner:
Yes, we have a group of teens who are anxious to be leaders in America, so we call them Teen Eagles and we train them in different areas. We train them in leadership, in etiquette, in speech and debate, and we take them to different places so that they will be comfortable in the political realm and learn how to deal with other people and they learn that normal people do great things. So we took them to the United Nations twice this year, and one of our groups spoke to a Third World country, talked to them about a woman’s rights issue that they had on their heart. They actually changed the mind of that Third World country, then went out onto the floor of the UN and spoke the very things that our teens told them. So our teens learned that not only do they make a difference, but people will listen to young people and that there's so few people in America, young people in America, who care about their country and this changed their lives.

Mike:
Sharon, what a great story, how inspiring. What an example for young people. I’m Mike Farris.

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