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Color Me Confident Youth Summit set Saturday
by Bill Baldowski
October 10, 2013 04:26 PM | 2362 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Color Me Confident Youth Summit Volunteer Dorece Bishop, summit organizer Bevely Roseberry and the Rev.Majorie Dent, who has partnered with the event and will participate, stand ready to welcome teenagers.
From left, Color Me Confident Youth Summit Volunteer Dorece Bishop, summit organizer Bevely Roseberry and the Rev.Majorie Dent, who has partnered with the event and will participate, stand ready to welcome teenagers.
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When Beverly Roseberry needs inspiration to meet a challenging task facing her, her family, her organization or even the youth in her community, she always turns to the Bible for answers.

That didn’t change when she needed inspiration in developing the idea for this Saturday’s Color Me Confident Youth Summit.

She promptly turned to Proverbs 22:6 which states, “Train up a child in the way he should go and, when he is old, he will not depart from them.”

The free summit, held at the Brady Recreation Center, 3571 Breningham Drive in College Park, is designed to provide answers to the questions many teens struggle with each day which, Roseberry believes, can be summarized in four words, making the right choices.

“This summit was brought about due to my desire to see our youth not be influenced by things like peer pressure and the other distractions they face daily as they strive to make good, positive choices for themselves,” she said.

“The choices a teen makes not only affect their lives but those of others, like their family, siblings and even friends,” Roseberry said.

The summit, which is free and open to teens in College Park and neighboring municipalities, will include classes on such teen topics as developing and maintaining healthy relations with others and one’s family.

“We also include classes on such topics as prevention of teen pregnancy, anger management, nutrition, physical activity and exercise, establishing and maintaining good, wholesome relationships in high school and, hopefully college, plus any of the countless questions teens may have,” Roseberry said.

She added that these questions, and the decisions teens make in responding to them, not only are important to their lives as teens but throughout their life.

“We will address issues of mind, body and spirit,” Roseberry said.

Although the Bible was her inspiration, Roseberry said it was recently released information she saw regarding the number of College Park teenagers who actually stayed in high school and graduated that guided her to developing the youth summit.

“I have read that close to 70 percent of our teens do not graduate from high school and that a high percentage of teens who did not graduate ended up incarcerated,” she said.

“It would be so great if our College Park community would rally around our teenagers and support them.”

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