Be There: "Party with a Purpose"

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With prom, graduation and the upcoming summer break, there may be several opportunities for teenagers to make questionable decisions, but there is one group in Columbus who is trying to show kids how to stay safe and have fun at the same time.

The Columbus Youth Advisory Council is made up of students all over Muscogee County and their main goal is to encourage other teens to make positive decisions. They are hosting an event Thursday called "Party with a Purpose".

Quamori Goodwin, a Carver High School senior, explained, "The Youth Advisory Council is a youth group that was formed through the Columbus Consolidated Government and we focus on the teen issues of Columbus. We try to have a positive impact on our community. We do a lot of projects to basically try and better our community."

Veterans Memorial Middle School 8th grader Sam Cargill said, "It is a teen summit and our topic is "Party with a Purpose" and we're raising awareness about some of the bad stuff you see at parties these days for high schoolers and middle schoolers."

Marisa Nunez, who is a junior at St. Anne Pacelli Catholic School, told News leader 9, "The teen summit is first and foremost a dance party, but it is all about safe partying. Every thirty minutes there will be informational skits or videos about drinking, drugs, date rape, texting while driving so we can promote safety in Columbus."

Brookstone School Junior Adriana Embus added, "We're promoting this event for the youth of Columbus because we really believe in the purpose and in safe partying. We really want to bring in the age group of middle and high school because we really do believe in that. That's what the Youth Advisory Council does, encourage people to become better citizens in the community."

The event will also have giveaways for the public. Ishani Rewatker, a freshman at Brookstone School said, "They can get free skating passes, they can also win TV's and there will also be lots of performances there so I think it will be a lot of fun."

"Teenagers, especially, will have parties and get-together's where a lot of these things happen, such as drugs and alcohol. It is always good to have a good reminder of the way you should act in those certain situations so we're just teaching them ways they can deal with those things that occur," added Columbus High School junior Tedric Palmer.

The Teen Summit will be Thursday, April 19 at the Columbus Civic Center. "Party with a Purpose" is completely free to the public and it starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m.

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