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O, YES! Conference July 26-27

St. Davids, PA, May 28, 2013: On July 26-27, the Center for Urban Youth Development at Eastern University will host a conference called O, YES! (Our Youth Enlightened about Sex). This Christian conference is designed to enlighten middle school and high school students from Philadelphia and vicinity about topics related to sex, relationships and sexual health. It will be held at the Eastern University Academy Charter School at 3300 Henry Avenue in Philadelphia.

The Friday night Kick-off at 7 PM will feature entertainment, games, prizes, snacks and an introduction of the theme, Be Transformed. Saturday (9 AM to 4:30 PM) will include interactive seminars, skits, entertainment and food. Facilitators will present the real deal on teens and sex.  Their expertise, experience and Christian worldview will be incorporated into dynamic workshops.

To register for O, YES! or to make a donation, go to www.eastern.edu/oyes. Please direct inquires to oyes@eastern.edu or call 215-769-3105. Follow us on Twitter: @OYESConference. The cost for those who register before June 19 is $25/person. After June 19, add $5/person. For groups who bring 14 people, the 15th person will attend at no cost. Scholarships are available. Donations to make this event possible are appreciated.

In previous years, hundreds of youth, youth workers, and parents attended O, YES!  This year’s conference will feature three dynamic presenters:

Armond Mosley, author of Rededication: A Story of Sex, Repentance, and Restoration, is known for his down to earth and inspirational style of communication.

Wesley Proctor, EdD, Executive Administrator and Youth Pastor at Victory Christian Center, has been teaching and mentoring youth for years, and challenges them to pursue excellence.

Jack Redmond, trainer of youth workers, Founder and President of 4th Generation Ministries, and Director of CHAMPION Youth Ministries, is a conference favorite known for his transparency and straight talk.

Interactive workshops for youth and youth workers will be facilitated by some of the best in our region. Age appropriate workshops for youth include Relationships and Emotions on Overload; Sex: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; Sexual Health, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?; Daughters of the King; and Sexual Purity.

Workshops for parents,youth workers and adults include The Top Ten Relationship Mistakes; Mom and Dad: U Need to Know; Keeping Kids Safe in a Broken World; and Preventing and Responding to Abuse in Christian SettingsFree HIV testing will be provided by Esperanza Health Center, and many entertainers will be there, including Anointed Too (dancers) and Kina the Prophetic Poet.

In conjunction with a community based Planning Team, Dr. Kimberlee Johnson, Director of the Center for Urban Youth Development and Director of the MA in Urban Studies program at Eastern University, coordinates this event.

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