What’s In Your S.W.A.G.?

Columbia Teen Center sponsoring teen summit on healthy relationships

The Columbia Teen Center is hosting a teen summit, “What’s In Your S.W.A.G.? (Self-discipline, Willpower, Abstinence and Making goals),” on Friday, October 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Slayton House. The summit will provide education and awareness on HIV/AIDS and what it takes to have a healthy relationship.

“We are in between two cities (Baltimore and Washington, DC) that both have a high number of HIV/AIDS cases. At this summit we are equipping our youth with the knowledge on how you contract HIV/AIDS, how to keep yourself safe and how to make the right decisions,” said Rene Buckmon, manager of the Columbia Teen Center. The summit is being funded through a grant from the Horizon Foundation for HIV/AIDS awareness and education for youth. The Teen Center received a similar grant in 2009 when it made HIV/AIDS awareness the focus of that year’s Hear My Voice Teen Day event and gathered more than 500 signatures on a banner for World AIDS Day.

Motivational speaker and former NBA player Ennis Whatley will speak at the summit. The event will also feature door prizes, live music, dance, spoken word and motivational speakers to educate and empower youth on making the right choices as it pertains to healthy relationships.

To register, please e-mail CAteens@ColumbiaAssociation.com or call 410-992-3726. Slayton House is located at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Columbia Teen Center is open to all Howard County residents ages nine to 18 during after-school, summer and some weekend hours. The multi-purpose facility includes a computer lab, big screen TV, game tables, mini-gym and snack bar. TheTeenCentercoordinates activities and programs that are designed to develop self-esteem and life skills. Programs include day trips, clubs, daily activities and monthly special events. Please call 410-992-3726 for more information.


For media inquiries, contact:

Shelia L. Green
General Manager of Communications & Community Relations


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