TULSA - Jennifer Patterson believes there's no better way she could spend her afternoons, teaching children flips -- and faith.
"These kids are told everyday that God made them special with a purpose and a plan for their lives," said Jennifer. "And I mean who wouldn't that make a difference too?"
One of those kids is Coree Green.
"She teaches me to find my strength," said Coree. "And be nice to others, and gymnastics."
In 2006, she started Aim High Academy -- a non-profit gymnastics center in north Tulsa .. devoted to helping children, who likely couldn't afford to get lessons somewhere else.
It's an idea she came up with after volunteering at another center.
"Having done that and seeing even at a young age," said Jennifer. "13, 14 the cycles of bad behavior and kids dealing with consequences that I saw a need for an early intervention program in the lives of north Tulsa teens."
She started the center with just 15 to 20 kids. Now more than 200 are enrolled here. And she's already helped more than a few of them, get back on course.
"We've had kids we've caught stealing. We've had kids that bickered with one another."
But in some cases she's just keeping kids on the right track they're already on.
The children get these lessons for only about one third of the price they would pay somewhere else, about 20 dollars a month.
"My son's here, my daughter's here, my step daughter's here," said parent Sharmien Watkins. "So it's a family event for us. I've seen first hand how the lessons they learned here have transformed their lives."
Jennifer Patterson is making a difference, keeping kids steady on the balance beam of life.
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