PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - A national recording artist and BET TV host is making a stop in Hampton Roads this weekend to encourage local youth to make positive life choices.
Host of "Sunday Best" Kirk Franklin and recording artists Canton Jones and Phoenix traveled to I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth for the "Worth the Wait 3 Youth Conference" that started yesterday and runs through Sunday.
The conference is all about helping youth understand their value and how that relates to making positive life-choices. The intent is to provide a fun and safe environment that teens feel comfortable talking about their concerns regarding sex.
"Recognizing that youth are bombarded with sexual content and innuendo suggesting that sex has no consequence, sometimes the media depicts an imaginary world where teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are some 'other' family's problem," read the press release about the event from Portsmouth's Grove Church, which is sponsoring the event.
The event hopes to dispel some of the myths surrounding 'real life' conversations with youth about the issues that are most important to them, and that will include Franklin sharing his testimony about his life and struggles with pornography. Franklin will also lead a discussion and question-and-answer session with youth that attend.
The conference will also give teens time to have some less serious fun with rock climbing, mechanical bull riding, a batting cage, a gamer bus, and a concert put on by the featured guests.
"We want to interact and engage with youth in a fun and informal manner, so we can get their attention, and share our message that they are worth the wait," said Dr. Melvin O. Marriner, Senior Pastor of Grove Church.
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