Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Summit set for May 20 in Tyler

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The second annual Be a Man Bring a Boy Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Summit will expand to include females in discussions of many social issues.

The event, which will feature speakers, worship and musical entertainment, is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Southern Oaks Baptist Church gym, 601 E. Amherst Drive, in Tyler.

The summit’s theme is “Be silent, let us listen to the children.”

Summit founder the Rev. Byron K. Wesley said the summit will provide a platform for youth to voice their opinions and concerns and share what’s hurting them, what makes them happy and what they are going through.

“Sometimes they are scared to talk or don’t know who to talk to or people they trusted let them down,” he said.

Through this year’s summit, Wesley aims to empower youth “to live a righteous life being obedient to God and also serving one another.”

Youth may be dropped off for the free event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but parents are encouraged to come with their children. 

The event is designed for male and female students from elementary school through college along with their parents.

The resources provided at the event will include information about youth mentoring, higher education, stress management, bullying intervention and prevention, sexual assault and domestic violence and spiritual wellness.

The summit is open to “all cultures, all denominations of religion, all of God’s people,” Wesley said.

The summit kicked off last year just for boys and men. However, this year, organizers invited the Women of Elegance to partner in staging the event as the summit opens to girls and young adult women.

Keynote speakers, Pastor Ricky Garner and Minister Ruby Taylor, will talk about how important a man’s role is in a woman’s life and how important a woman is in a man’s life. There will be several other speakers as well.

The morning session will focus on empowering boys and men, and the afternoon session will focus on empowering girls and women. Males and females may attend both sessions though.

The event will include praise and worship, hip-hop worship, door prizes and special music by vocalists and a band.

Wesley said he hopes someone will find salvation in Christ during the summit and the community will come together to be a part of the event.

People who register in advance by emailing will receive a T-shirt. People who do not register may attend but will not receive a T-shirt.

“We plan on having a grand old time while we have some fun and empower the youth and young adults,” Wesley said.


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WHO: Elementary through college students and their parents

WHAT: Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Summit

WHEN: 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20

WHERE: Southern Oaks Baptist Church Family Life Center Gym, 601 E. Amherst Drive, Tyler Paper

COST: Free

REGISTER: Not required, but available by emailing