Youths are the future and should be moulded to take their rightful place in society. With this in mind, the Kaneville Full Gospel Fellowship will be hosting its Youth Summit 2018 on Friday, July 20 at the Grove Full Gospel Fellowship and on Saturday, July 21 at the Park Vue HoteL, Farm, East Bank Demerara.
The event was built on the premise of creating a safe space for youths to connect and share their talent with the aim of motivating their peers to join and contribute positively to society.
Pastor Kwame Wilson, one of the organisers of the event, related that they had started about seven years ago within the confines of the church, but the event has grown dramatically throughout the country.
“We felt that we needed to do something as young people to reach other young people, because we recognised a lot of young people were not interested in the church, they felt it was boring … so there we were: those saved in the church and in the walls comfortable and those outside facing these social ills and it seemed like nobody had any time with them and [we] so decided to start hosting this event to bridge the gap through positive entertainment.”
The church has also partnered with other churches, Non-Governmental Organisations, and Government Ministries to host activities to raise awareness against suicide and gender-based violence which featured international gospel artistes such as Papa San, Positive, DJ Nicholas and Guyana’s Samuel Medas as headline acts.
This year’s event will again feature DJ Nicholas and Medas among many other talented performers. The two-day event which kicks off Friday will provide a platform for counselling and sharing information on job and training opportunities being offered by other agencies. “We want the young people to leave feeling empowered and better able to make decisions that will better their future.”
The church will use the funds to develop communities and projects in the wider society.
Tickets for the summit cost $1500. They will give access to the empowerment session Friday evening at the Grove Full Gospel Church and the fun day and summit at Park Vue Hotel on Saturday.