ACCESS (Arkansas Coordinated Child Effort in State Service) Inc., a teen pregnancy prevention agency, will host the youth session of the Sister Friend Empowerment Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6.


Held at the life center of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave., the youth session is in conjunction with the expo presented by REFORM INC. (Resiliency. Empowerment. Faith. OveRcoMer), a 501c3 non-profit corporation.


ACCESS, a non-profit agency, has existed for over 40 years with a mission of educating and empowering adolescents in pregnancy prevention strategies. ACCESS will partner with a youth serving organization referred to as “Choosing to Excel” of Conway to present a seminar entitled “Making Healthy Connections” for ages 10 to 19, according to the news release.


The youth will be divided into three age groups – 10 to 12; 13 to 15; and 16 to 19. Each category will have discussions based upon their age group.


The facilitators will present segments on Choosing the Best and Real Essentials, an abstinence-based curriculum, according to Annie Jasper, executive director of ACCESS.


“The facilitators and their director, Thelma Moton of Conway, will give youth vital information about goal-setting, forming healthy relationships and how to avoid the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases,” Jasper said.


The first 250 students to register will be admitted free and door prizes will be given to the group with the most participants.


The expo will also include programs for adults during sessions April 5-6.


To register for the youth session, contact Annie Jasper at ACCESS on Tuesday through Thursday at 535-1302. Details: Melrita Johnson, www.reformincarkansas.org.