Teen Resources - S.A.Y. Yes!

Relationship with Others - S.A.Y. Yes!

S.A.Y. Yes! Centers for Youth Development®

As your teens explore their relationships with others, the following resources will deal with many aspects of those relationships, including their understanding of what authority is and how to deal with it, relationship with members of the opposite sex and their own sexuality, their relationships with friends, and social justice issues.

Staying Pure

Payton Skky is beautiful and popular and dating Dakari Graham, the most attractive and desirable guy in their Georgia high school. The problem? He wants to have sex with her while she wants to obey God and stay pure until marriage. With pressures coming from all sides, Payton begins to wonder if waiting is really worth it. When he breaks it off with her for a more willing girl, Payton's world crashes down on her. As she struggles to answer these questions and gets to know Tad Taylor, Payton realizes that following God is the real secret to staying pure.

By: Stephanie Perry Moore

Sober Faith

Payton Skky and her girlfriends are in their senior year at their Georgia high school and loving every minute of it. But the rest of Payton's crew has strayed from God and continues to make bad decisions. While chasing after a good time, her friends begin experimenting with alcohol, drugs, and sexual sin. How can Payton help her girls turn toward God and away from those sins? Can she resist her own impulses to try things she knows are against God's will? Come see if Payton discovers how to show her friends that true faith is sober faith.

By: Stephanie Perry Moore

Saved Race

Loving everyone is tough. On the verge of graduation, Payton Skky encounters ethnic diversity in several ways she never imagined. First, her ex-boyfriend Dakari is unjustly roughed up by a white police officer. Then her white teacher admits her fear of teaching in a mostly African-American school. Many of Payton's friends are also suspicious of her bi-racial cousin. Payton struggles to figure out where these prejudices come from and find effective ways to overcome them while loving everybody as God commands.

By: Stephanie Perry Moore

Sweetest Gift

Payton Skky has finally arrived at college. In no time she's facing the same pressures and stresses most college students face. She's still conflicted about boyfriends and studies are difficult. But when she is faced with her suitemate's suicide attempt, Payton is jolted back to the basics of her faith. No matter what the pressures of life, she has great worth and value in the eyes of the Lord.

By: Stephanie Perry Moore

Surrendered Heart

It's Payton's second semester at college. The death of her grandfather, and deepening relationship with Tad teach her the value of living for God. As Payton surrenders her heart to God and shares her faith, she finds out that all she has ever desired is wrapped up in Him. Her relationship with Christ allows her to be complete and to handle the growing pains of life.

By: Stephanie Perry Moore

Payton Skky Series - 5-pack

All 5 books (Staying Pure, Sober Faith, Saved Rave, Sweetest Gift, Surrendered Heart).

By: Stephanie Perry Moore

Shortie Pages

The lack of education is the number one perpetuator of the cycle of poverty. That's why TastyFaith created Shortie Pages Reproducible Bible Lessons for City Kids. These lesson pages help young urban minds with reading and writing skills while SHOWING how to apply scripture to relationships in their lives. Shortie Pages are ideal for kids 8-12, but can work for ages older and a bit younger.

#1. Life is a Trip

These easy-to-understand lessons explain how the Bible is the road map to life, and Christ can help if you hit a dead end. Great for outreach programs. Lessons include: Dead Ends, What Gunk is in Your Trunk? and Do a U-Turn to Christ. Great for outreach programs.

By: TastyFaith

  • Life Is a Trip
  • Sample Lesson: Dead Ends
    This volume makes the analogy of how life is a trip and that the Bible is a road map. If one gets lost, they can always make a U-Turn to Christ. This lesson is about the dead ends in life. Kids look up verses and write them down together as well as short answers.

#2. Ya Know What I'm Saying?

This series includes topics that kids deal with today and what the Bible says about them. Lessons include: The Itch to be Rich, Messin' With Your Dressin, Can the Can Nots. A great way to help kids to apply the Bible to their lives.

By: TastyFaith

  • Ya Know What I'm Saying?
  • Sample Lesson: The Itch to Be Rich
    Volume Two deals with issues that kids deal with today, from what they wear to how they behave at home. The itch to be rich talks about money, and how having a lot of it doesn't mean having a lot of happiness.

#3. Inner City Israelites

This series focuses on stories in the Bible that are no different from what kids deal with today, from being a minority to being strapped for cash. Lessons include: Esther - A Big Time Minority, David - the Original Rapper, and From Convict to Convicted - Paul . It's a great way to introduce favorite Bible stories to non-churched kids.

By: TastyFaith

SLAM! for Teens

Thanks to an abundance of outreach programs, teens in inner-city areas have already heard the gospel message. However, many do not know how that message relates to their daily life. That's where TastyFaith curriculum can help. SLAM! for teens (Simple, Life-Changing, Application Messages) helps teens apply powerful verses to relationships in their daily lives, including family members, authority, media gods and peers. Each lesson focuses on a straight-up issue teens deal with, from imperfect home situations to gangs and peer pressure. Each lesson also supplies a powerful verse to help teens deal with that issue as well as discussion questions and challenges.

Get one Leader's Guide, Teen Handbook and Verse Card Pack from each of the 5 SLAM! series below.

Slam! 1. Ya Know Sums & Ya Grow Sums

These 11 lessons go over the basics of Christianity: Knowing Christ, Know Ya Got Life, God Knows What It's Like, as well as Grow In Love, and Grow Strong with Weed Be Gone. Great for outreach programs.

By: TastyFaith

Slam! 2. Da Yum Yums & Da Dum Dums

These 10 lessons go cover lip-lickin' scripture and the consequences of dumb sin. Lessons include: Pass Da Salt, Soul Food, Toot Your Fruit, and Yo Dum Dum, Stop Thinking with Yo Pants. Perfect for teens with less than perfect attitudes.

By: TastyFaith

Slam! 3. Free 4 All

These 10 lessons cover the free offers of the Bible. Lessons include Free From the Tug of Thugs, Free to Unplug From Da Ugh! and Free From Debt. Great for teens who are influenced by the media and the streets. Leaders Guides, Teen Handbooks and Verse Cards available.

By: TastyFaith

Slam! 4. Funkify Yo' Future

These 10 lessons remind teens and young adults that decisions they make today can affect them for a lifetime. Lessons include: Keep Yo Tail Outa Jail, Who's Gonna Pay for Dat Baby?, Streetwise or Booksmart, and Get Your Dream On. A real eye-opener for teens of all ages. Leaders Guides, Teen Handbooks and Verse Cards available.

By: TastyFaith

Slam! 5. Heroes and Sheroes

These 10 lessons focus on male and female role models in the Bible and what teens can learn from their character. Great for mixed groups as well as one-on-one mentoring.

By: TastyFaith

The Young Peacemaker

Since all of life involves relationships, and all relationships are prone to conflict, peacemaking is a key to success in life. This is as true for our children as it is for us. Therefore, the first requirement for teaching children to be peacemakers is to show that peacemaking skills are necessary if they want to succeed in their Christian life.

The Young Peacemakers is a dynamic curriculum designed for grades 4–8 that teaches young people to prevent and resolve conflicts in a wise, constructive, and biblically faithful manner. The 200-page teacher's manual provides detailed plans for teaching biblical peacemaking, and the 12 student booklets provide vibrantly illustrated stories and engaging activities that teach kids to become peacemakers.

By: Corlette Sande (Author) & Russ Flint (Illustrator)

I Don't Want Your Sex for Now

Too many young people today think they can get away with sexual sin, that having "safe sex" is without consequences, or that their excuses will justify "just this once." They assume it doesn't matter. Well, it does matter ... especially to God.

I Don't Want Your Sex For Now deals with the tricky issue of teen purity with both authority and honesty. An excellent tool for parents and youth workers alike, the book helps adults communicate a Christian view of love and sex.

By: Pastor Miles McPherson

Two From Galilee

Historical fiction. The greatest love story of all — the story of Mary and Joseph — has a 10th-grade reading level, but well worth the effort. How can a pregnant teenager and her fiancé who wants to call off the wedding because it is not his child, be God's role models to us for male/female relationships? In this highly engaging story, we also will learn about God's plan of salvation for mankind through the story of Jesus' parents.

By: Marjorie Holmes

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