According to the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the current reality is that “Mississippi has one of the highest percentages of births to teens in the nation. Although the teen pregnancy rate is decreasing in Mississippi, it is still a significant problem—one which has a definite impact on our state.” (2012) This has led radio station, JZ 94.5, in conjunction with local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta sororities; and Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities to provide Gulf Coast teens and their families with the 7th Annual Saving our Sisters/Brother 2 Brother Summit at the MS Coast Coliseum on May 10th, 2014.
During the full day workshop, members of the sororities and fraternities will present teens with interactive workshops exemplifying principles of self-esteem, dealing with peer pressure and bullying, sexually transmitted diseases, making wise decisions about their bodies, independence through economics, and many more subjects which would aid them through their teen years without getting pregnant. All workshops are led by certified and qualified persons in the field of topic.
The workshops are tailored to the needs of current issues teens are faced with in their daily lives. Workshops are simultaneously held for parents informing them on topics such as internet usage, texting, sexting, how to talk to their children about sex, signs of a sexually active teen, signs of a teen on drugs, domestic violence amongst teens, and basic parenting skills.
We have found parents and teens thirst for help in these topics. Many are begging for the cycle to be broken and only through programs like Saving Our Sisters/Brother 2 Brother can these cycles come to an end.
Saving Our Sisters/Brother 2 Brother is also filled with other elements such as youth group entertainment, a step show, celebrity guests, and an Expo area with informational booths. This is the SEVENTH consecutive year Saving Our Sisters/Brother 2 Brother has been offered to teens and their families across the state. The celebrity guest this year will be newly signed Epic Records recording artists, “We Are Toonz”, known for their dance craze and song “The Nae Nae”. If you have any questions, please call Tamara Wingerter at 228-896-5307 ext. 118 or email Tamara@wjzd.com