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Farmer#039;s experience can help teens

The Troy Public Library Teen Board is ready for another year of activities and service opportunities. The transition of new board members will be a little easier this year because Alecia Farmer, a former Teen Board member, is the group's new advisor.

Farmer is a freshman at Troy State University and participated with the Teen Board during her senior year.

"With me knowing what went on last year, it's just easier for me to take over as advisor than someone new," Farmer said.

Her main responsibility as an advisor is to assist the board members in planning and carrying out their activities.

"I'll just be at the meetings and help them get all the events together," she said. "Just make sure everything goes the way it's supposed to."

This year she said the library added students from New Life Christian Academy to the board, which widens the variety of people and interests.

"It's a good way to meet a lot of people," she said. "This year there is a wide variety. Some are outgoing, some are creative, some are behind the scenes."

Just as she was in high school, Farmer is super busy on campus. But since she was on the Teen Board last year, this year is almost a continuation of that busy schedule, so Farmer has no trouble fitting it into her planner. Besides, being involved in a service-oriented club is the last piece in the puzzle.

"On campus there are a lot of things to do, the service end of it makes it complete," she said. "It's definitely good to be in the community."

She hopes she can influence the students on the Teen Board to "step up" and be involved in the community when they are in college.