SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg Police Department have teamed up with local faith groups to host a Youth and Youth Adult Summit Saturday, Oct. 5 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
The ‘Teens In Crisis’ summit will be at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The department is providing lunch and t-shirts. To boost attendance they’ve planed to sponsor attendees who can’t afford $15 entrance fee. Additionally, faith ministries have offered transportation to the event for those in need.
Quimir ‘Q’ Ferrell, summit advocate, is a senior at Spartanbug High School. While the event is aimed at teens and young adults, ages 13 to 22 years old, Ferrell said parents have a part too.
“Parents are also, I’m not saying scared, but they’re also in need of that advancement in knowledge. So that’s why they should go. Also because they want to see their youth succeed,” Ferrell said.
Spartanburg Police Chief Alonzo Thompson added teens just outside the age range are welcome, no one will be turned away.
“We care about our young people and we want to do all we can as a part of this community to help them in anyway that we can,” Chief Thompson said. “Law enforcement, especially in Spartanburg, we police in partnership.”
Faith leaders will be among the speakers covering topic on preventing and avoiding gun violence, bullying on social media, suicide, depression, among other things.
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Reverend Benjamin Snoddy said no topic will be taboo. It’s important to speak about the issues that plague the community, because then a plan can be made.
“We need this community to be concerned. So, we can’t just talk about what young people are not, without trying to help them where they need to be,” Rev. Snoody said.
The chief said the goal of this summit is to show the community that they’re looking to build trust and an open line of communication to support the community.
“We want to know what levers to pull, who to bring in to a situation to truly help those that are in need,” Chief Thompson said.
In addition to the teens and young adult break out sessions, the hosts have also set up a breakout session for the parents. All of the sessions have the same goal, come and speak with law enforcement and church leaders about issues within the community.
“This is something we hope to do on going in a variety of ways. Showing our willingness to work and to help those that live and work and play in our community,” Chief Thompson said.
Community members looking to support the summit are encouraged to sponsor an attendee by donating $15. For more information on how you can help or to pre-register contact:
- firstname.lastname@example.org ~ (864) 596-2376
- email@example.com ~ (302) 922-2636
- firstname.lastname@example.org ~ (864) 582-8330