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Miss Teen Texas International 2007
Kari Beth Langbein

 
Young Life: Peer Support, a Solution to Peer Pressure 
 
Kari Beth Langbein was crowned Miss Teen Texas International 2007 on May 6th at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, TX.
 
The consummate "small town girl", Kari Beth lives on a working pig farm in Kendall County.  She attends Comfort High School, where she is a Senior and Varsity Head Cheeleader.  She is actively involved in FFA (where she is a State Officer), FCCLA, FCA, as well as the Comfort Area Youth Commission.  Kari Beth also travels all over the State of Texas showing her pigs, for which she has won numerous scholarships, awards, and acclaim.  In her spare time, Kari Beth enjoys volleyball, softball, listening to a variety of music and reading.  She is also a CATS Den mentor.

Kari Beth selected "Young Life: Peer Support, a Solution to Peer Pressure" as her platform.  " I believe that the biggest challenge facing teens today is peer pressure." Says Langbein.  "It is important that teens be informed that they have a choice, and to know that being themselves and being unique is what makes a distintive individual."  This is the message Kari Beth intends to spread through the Young Life Organization and throughout her reign as Miss Teen Texas. 

Young Life is an international organization that was founded in 1941 to provide support systems and escape from peer pressure, all while teaching leadership skills.  It is a place where teens can relax, feel safe, be themselves, and have a blast with their friends.  Young Life is present in big cities, small towns, and suburbs across the world.  In fact, it is estimated that Young Life affects the lives of 660,000 high school students each year!

"As a teenager, I know what peer pressure feels like and just how powerful it can be." Adds Langbein.  "Even though I'm from a small town in the Texas Hill Country, every day I see proof that peer pressure affects the lives of our youth.  Teenagers feel the overwhelming pressure to fit into a culture crowded with the noise and glare of media messages and peer expectations.  There is no more relevant issue for teens today."         

Kari Beth first took action about a year ago, by getting involved in a local mentoring program in her hometown called CATS (Comfort Area Teen Support).  As Miss Teen Texas International, Kari Beth was able to expand that reach and was named the Regional Spokesperson for Young Life.  Eventually, that honor was extended and she was named a National Spokesperson for the Young Life Organization.

 "My main goal is to help teenagers understand the effects of peer pressure and how to overcome them." Says Kari Beth.  "As Miss Teen Texas, I am in a position to be a positive influence and role model to teenagers.  I have set, and reached goals, because I've been able to resist peer pressure.  I am able to speak to teenagers across the nation, provide reassurance and let them know of the options and support systems available through the Young Life Program."