Mahan to headline youth summit focusing on love and relationships

COVINGTON - Love and relationships are on the forefront of teenagers' minds and will be the cornerstone of a program this week featuring international speaker David Mahan.

In September, Mahan spoke to more than 1,400 students in area schools and events, and he'll be back Thursday at Youth Summit 2, which starts at 6 p.m. at The Church at Covington, 11975 Ga. Highway 142 in Oxford. He will discuss major issues facing youth, like love, sex and relationships, in segments titled, "Identifying Yourself" and "It's Time to Talk About It."

"He was very effective last time here with the youth," said Angie Moore-Sims, a court administrator at the Newton County Juvenile Court, which helped bring Mahan back to the area.

Mahan is the CEO and founder of Frontline Youth Communications, a Columbus, Ohio-based organization that helps children around the world.

The event, which is free and open to the public for families with students in the seventh grade or above, kicks off at 6 p.m. with a free hot dog and nachos dinner, sponsored by the Newton Mental Health Association. Food will be served until 6:30 p.m. and a step team will provide entertainment.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m., guests will have a chance to meet and greet with community partners and visit resource booths set up by local organizations like the Newton Mental Health Association, the Youth Development Center, the Newton County Recreation Department and a number of community churches.

The first session will begin at 7 p.m. Afterward, breakout sessions will be held for adults and teens. The event is scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m.

"We want to get the community rallied around the needs of our youth," Moore-Sims said. "The culture teens are living in is changing every day."

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Youth Summit 2, featuring speaker David Mahan of Frontline Youth Communications

· When: 7 p.m. Thursday (food, entertainment at 6 p.m.)

· Where: The Church at Covington, 11975 Ga. Highway 142, Oxford

· Cost: Free

· More information: www.frontlineyc.com