HERSEY \u2013 Eagle Village recently recognized residents at Eagles Pride, a bi-annual event that honors the accomplishments of youth making positive strides in their programs. \u201cIt gives our residents a chance to feel good about themselves and be pampered,\u201d said Lisa Spaugh, Eagle Village marketing coordinator. Volunteers and Eagle Village staff did residents\u2019 makeup, hair and nails and helped the boys choose ties and jackets. The youth then took turns visiting LightHouse Chapel on campus, where they had their pictures taken next to the Christmas tree, beside the grand piano and outside near the pond. \u201cMany of the kids who come through our programs don\u2019t always get to have that prom experience or have senior pictures taken,\u201d Spaugh said. \u201cIt\u2019s a treat to be able to provide that for them, and they get to take the photos when they leave.\u201d The culminating event of Eagles Pride, a formal dinner, featured keynote speakers Jason Vander Laan and Jake Lampman, Ferris State University quarterback and wide receiver. Vander Laan spoke to Eagle Village residents about setting goals for their lives and knowing when to say \u201cno\u201d to friends and temptations. \u201cOnce you get a goal, everything you do in life will revolve around that,\u201d Vander Laan said. \u201cThere are so many obstacles that come across your path, but if you have a relationship with God, no matter what is going on, He will be there for you.\u201d Vander Laan also shared his goal with residents. \u201cIn my freshman year of high school I told myself, \u2018I want to go to the NFL,\u2019\u201d he said. \u201cNinety-eight percent of people just laugh at me when I tell them that\u2019s my goal.\u201d Lampman spoke about the importance of acting selflessly and taking pride in one's accomplishments. \u201cThere are two different types of pride,\u201d Lampman said. \u201cThere\u2019s selfish pride, pride in doing something selfish for yourself, and there\u2019s selfless pride. A lot of you are here because you or someone else had selfish pride. But you coming to Eagle Village and having success in your program, that\u2019s you having selfless pride, because you want to make yourselves and the people around you happy for the things you are doing in your life. \u201cI want you guys to take a step back and think to yourselves that you are blessed to be in the situation you are in right now. No matter where you came from or what you\u2019ve been through, where you are right now is a fresh start.\u201d Residents enjoyed hearing from Vander Laan and Lampman, Spaugh said. \u201cThey are so close in age that it really gave the kids someone to look up to,\u201d Spaugh said. \u201cThey really seemed to appreciate having someone around their age speak to them.\u201d Eagle Village is a non-profit family treatment center providing intervention services and camps, residential treatment, foster care and adoption services for all counties in Michigan. If you know of a family in crisis that may benefit from these programs, or are interested in volunteering to do hair, makeup or take photos at Eagles Pride, contact Eagle Village at (231) 832-2234 or visit eaglevillage.org.