Providing participants an opportunity to “grow and learn,” Youth Explosion will return to Cartersville Saturday. Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 11th annual event will feature workshops and an outdoor festival at the Summer Hill Complex, 129 Aubrey St.
“Pastor Randy Livsey had a vision and as a result reached out to other pastors in the community and together Youth Explosion was [birthed],” said Carolyn Johnson, board member for Youth Explosion. “His purpose and intent was to give [youngsters] in the Cartersville-Bartow County community an opportunity to receive life skills and education affording them an opportunity of being exposed and involved in something positive, in addition to promoting love, unity and support via workshops, activities, food and fun.
“The purpose of Youth Explosion is to bring the community together with respect and love regardless of race, economic status, religion, etc. for both children and adults. Parents can come and be as involved as their children.”
The complimentary event will begin Saturday with registration at 9 a.m., followed by classes at 10 a.m. The workshops will be tailored to specific age groups, such as grades one to three, four to six, seven to nine and 10 to college. Some of the topics will include Drama, Listening, Respect With Peers, Vaping, Mental Health and Finance.
“This year’s theme is Relentless Pursuit,” said Lauren Livsey, Youth Explosion’s operations coordinator. “It was chosen because life is a relentless pursuit and Youth Explosion would like to equip the youth of Bartow County with the tools to be successful in their lives.
“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us the past 10 years. We encourage people to attend because there is always an opportunity to continue to grow and learn. For past participants, we have new sessions, new speakers and a revitalized festival. Please come out to see how we’ve improved. For newcomers, we invite you to experience the Youth Explosion of Bartow. We provide life lessons in a fun environment.”
After the classes, attendees will be treated to a festival from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring a water slide, games, photo booth, face painting and food.
“Seeing the smiles on [children’s] faces, listening to them and watching them be transparent as they learn and hear how to be better, and watching so many people working together for a common cause,” Johnson said, when asked what she enjoys most about being a part of Youth Explosion. “One of my favorite moments is when I have the time to observe the adults who have worked hard to pull the event together and working to make sure that each child's need is being addressed and met.”
For more information about the upcoming Youth Explosion, contact Pastor Livsey at 770-548-8887.