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“Sunday Best” host to headline HR area event

7/16/2013, 1:30 p.m.

The summer favorite, Hampton Roads’ Worth the Wait 3 (WTW3) Youth Conference, to be held on July 18-21 will feature national recording artist and host of BET’s “Sunday Best” show, Kirk Franklin.

To be held at I.C. Norcom High School, 1801 London Blvd. in Portsmouth, the event will do what past events have done, help youth understand their value or worth—while helping them make better life choices.

According to organizers, they recognize that youth are bombarded with sexual content and innuendo suggesting that sex has no consequence, and sometimes the media depicts an imaginary world where teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are some ‘other’ family’s problem. WTW3 is intended to dispel those myths through ‘real life’ conversations between youth and dynamic youth leaders from throughout the region.

The featured guest, Franklin, will share testimony about his life and struggles with pornography, as he leads a ‘real talk’ discussion with the youth, answering their questions and encouraging their open and honest dialogue. In addition to Franklin, other national artists like crowd-favorite Canton Jones and Phoenix will be on hand for a Friday night concert.

“WTW3 is a relevant, cross-cultural, impactful and FUN conference that is designed to be the highlight of summer that includes “XTREEM GAMES”—rock climbing, mechanical bull riding, batting cage and a gamer bus—as well as the concert, competitions and workshops featuring some of the region’s most dynamic youth leaders,” according to organizers. “The intent is to provide a fun and safe environment for youth, so they can feel comfortable and open to sometimes uncomfortable conversations about sex.”

The three-day conference is open to the public with registration costing $50 per child. It will feature a Promise Ceremony to be held July 21 during the 11:15 a.m. worship service at Grove Church.

“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, which is sponsoring the conference.

For more information, www.hrwtw3.com.