A Northland-area church will host a "Teen Summit" Saturday, Aug. 31, modeled after the Black Entertainment Television show of the same name.
The gathering will start at 5 p.m. in Victorious Life Christian Center, 1875 Tamarack Circle N.
As was the case with the television program, young people will be encouraged to talk frankly about the issues of concern to them, according to the Rev. Jesse Jones, youth minister at the church.
The date for the Victorious Life Christian Center Teen Summit coincides with the 11-year anniversary of the last broadcast during the initial run of Teen Summit, which won six NAACP Image Awards.
The purpose of the church event, which is open to preteens to early adults, is not to tell them the issues they face in Columbus today but to hear directly what their views are on the subjects, Jones said last week.
"Too often, I feel we as parents, we as leaders ... are trying to help them, but not listening to them as to what they need," Jones said. "I believe that our biggest goal is that we get to hear some things we've never heard before."
The youth pastor anticipates the panel discussion involving local teen leaders will touch on subjects such as teen pregnancy, youth-on-youth violence and teen suicide.
"I think it's a good idea to get input from them as to what they need," he added. "I want to get some people who don't come to church, don't think about church."
He added that he is relying on teen leaders among the congregation at Victorious Life Christian Center to get the word out about the summit to others in the community.
The event should conclude by 8 p.m.