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A Day in the Life of a U.S. Teen: Zacchaeus Johnson

“[On] days I felt extra lazy, [my mom] was like: ‘No, you’re going to YELLS, you’re going to go,’ and the days that I didn’t feel like going and ended up going were the best days,” said Zacchaeus Johnson, a junior at Marietta High School in a suburb of Atlanta.

He’s talking about his involvement with YELLS — Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving — an after-school program program he attends near his home.

He either goes straight home after YELLS, or he will get something to eat with his YELLS friends or hang out at the park; however, his curfew is 9 p.m. every day. Johnson always eats dinner at home with his family, feeling it is important for his busy family to spend time together over a meal.

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