Starting on Saturday, the complimentary event will feature classes and live entertainment for youth and their parents at Summer Hill Complex, 129 Aubrey St. in Cartersville. The offering will culminate with a service at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Sunday at 3 p.m. Along with a speaker and performances from youth choirs and dancers, a student will be presented a scholarship in memory of the late Charles Fluellen.
“Pastor [Randy] Livsey had a vision [where he] just wanted to do something for the youth in the community ... [so] kids could come together and just have fun,” Youth Explosion VI Publicity Coordinator Carolyn Johnson said. “So he had a meeting. It started out with [churches and different pastors being] ... very supportive getting their members and kids in the community to come and just be a part of it. It’s just a way of giving back, but at the same time, it’s educational and fun.
“[The theme is] ‘It ain’t about you.’ You know how kids think everything’s about them. We just want them to take some of these classes and to help them to understand that ... they’ve got to think about not just themselves. ... The main thing is just to help children to be more respectful and to respect one another and not being selfish and learn how to share and to give and to just have that love. [It] is so important.”
The community offering will kick off at 9 a.m. with breakfast and registration. Classes led by professional facilitators will follow with discussions tailored for parents and students, who will be separated into groups, such as grades one to three, four to six, seven to nine and 10 to college. Based on age, some of the topics will include cooking, bullying, abstinence, social networking and interviewing skills.
Along with lunch, food also will be provided following the information sessions. Saturday’s event will wrap up with a block party and concert starting at 5 p.m.
Now presented by more than 10 Bartow County churches, Youth Explosion was spearheaded initially by Livsey, pastor of New Shiloh Baptist Church in Kingston.
“We felt that youth were losing their direction ... so we needed something to bring them together to absolve them of their behavior and the repercussions of things that they do, [and to discuss] what’s out there for them [and] why education is so important in all of that,” Livsey said about the inaugural Youth Explosion. “... So we put together this group to put on this event to bring in different people from out of the community — out of the professional world and out of the educational world and out of the public safety world — just to inform them on what the repercussions of their actions are and that there are better ways.
“There [are] repercussions to your actions, but there are also good repercussions to your actions also. If you do the right thing, get your education and just do what you’re supposed to do educationally, you’ll be successful in life.”
For more information about Youth Explosion VI, contact Livsey at 770-548-8887 or visit www.youthexplosionbartow.com.