Ex­plicit Truth Tour of­fers pre­sen­ta­tion on choices youth face

Con­cert-style ex­pe­ri­ence is rel­e­vant for teens and the adults in their lives

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kolleen Long Life’s Choices

Par­ents and teens some­times have a hard time talk­ing about top­ics like healthy re­la­tion­ships and sex­ual choices. To help start the con­ver­sa­tion, lo­cal min­istry Life’s Choices is host­ing the Ex­plicit Truth Tour in Ham­burg on Nov. 14.

Heidi Young, com­mu­nity education co­or­di­na­tor for Life’s Choices, has at­tended sim­i­lar events in Schuylkill County.

“We brought it to Ham­burg be­cause we felt the mes­sage was one worth shar­ing in our com­mu­nity,” Young said, adding that the con­cert-style ex­pe­ri­ence is rel­e­vant for teens and the adults in their lives.

“Peo­ple should at­tend this event be­cause it gives rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion about sex in our cul­ture and its ef­fects on youth in an en­gag­ing, in­for­ma­tive at­mos­phere.”

The Ex­plicit Truth Tour is pre­sented na­tion­wide by Sil­ver Ring Thing, a youth min­istry based in Al­legheny County, and fea­tur­ing a dozen young adults per­form­ers. The con­cert-style event in­cludes mu­sic, skits, tru­elife sto­ries and multi-me­dia el­e­ments. It also in­cludes rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion about mak­ing the best choices.

Sil­ver Ring Thing staff, most in their early 20s, en­cour­age teens to make pos­i­tive choices for their fu­ture, in­clud­ing sex­ual ab­sti­nence.

“Our cul­ture is deal­ing with an epi­demic of sex­ual bro­ken­ness,” said Sil­ver Ring Thing Pres­i­dent Ja­son Burtt. “Our chil­dren are vic­tims of an ide­ol­ogy of mis­in­for­ma­tion and mis­truth. It’s time to give real, hon­est an­swers to the ques­tions be­ing asked and chal­lenge this gen­er­a­tion to live with great dig­nity and worth.”

Sil­ver Ring Thing sites cur­rent statis­tics to un­der­score their point: By the age of 14, 94 per­cent of chil­dren are ex­posed to pornog­ra­phy. Over 50 per­cent of teenagers have en­gaged in sex­ual in­ter­course by the time they are 18. One third of teens who get preg­nant seek an abor­tion. Sex­u­ally-trans­mit­ted dis­eases are on the rise, es­pe­cially in youth age 15 to 24, per the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol. And be­tween 100,000 and 300,000 un­der­age girls are sold for sex in the U.S. ev­ery year.

Par­ents and youth work­ers are en­cour­aged to at­tend the tour event on Nov. 14. Adults will have a par­al­lel ses­sion de­signed to help par­ents open a dis­cus­sion.

“Par­ents gain help­ful in­for­ma­tion on how to talk to their teens about sex,” Young said, not­ing that the ses­sion was valu­able to her per­son­ally as a par­ent. “We got fac­tual in­for­ma­tion about how to com­mu­ni­cate with teens about sex and are given ref­er­ences for gain­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

“They val­i­date the fact that par­ents are the big­gest in­flu­ence on their teens’ lives and SRT wants par­ents to feel em­pow­ered to be the ones their teens talk about sex,” she ex­plained.

Sil­ver Ring Thing’s Ex­plicit Truth Tour will be at Ham­burg Area High School, 701 Windsor Street, Ham­burg, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 14. Ad­vance tick­ets are avail­able for a re­duced price on­line at www.Sil­verRingThing.com un­der the event tab. Tick­ets will also be sold at the door.

Lo­cal en­quires about the event on Nov. 14 can also be di­rected to Life’s Choices with of­fices in Kutz­town, 443 West Main St., or Ham­burg, 326 State St. Visit www.LifesChoic­esSup­port.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - SRT

Sil­ver Ring Thing’s Ex­plicit Truth Tour will be at Ham­burg Area High School on Nov. 14. The con­cert­style event will in­clude in­for­ma­tion for teens and par­ents about mak­ing healthy re­la­tion­ship choices.

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