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The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to hold Annual Teen Etiquette and Abstinence "For You I Will" Ball

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Released 30 April 2012

FYIWThe Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to hold Annual Teen Etiquette and Abstinence "For You I Will" Ball

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club will hold its annual Teen Etiquette and Abstinence "For You I Will" Ball on the evening of Friday, May 4th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Robinson Theater, 2903 Q Street in Richmond.

This ball is the culmination of an 8-week "For You I Will" program at The Club that aims to teach teenagers about building healthy relationships, marriages and families through open group discussions, guest speakers, and engaging exercises; "planting the seed of promise for a lifetime of joy and fulfillment for tomorrow." 

Each week, the issues facing today's youth are addressed and topics range from self-image to boundaries to peer pressure with the ultimate goal and hope that the program will equip Club youth with the necessary skills that will enable them to avoid common mistakes and correct the misconceptions of sex and relationships. 

The positive and beneficial choice of abstinence is also a "For You I Will" program topic.

"Our hope is that this program will help play a role in lowering teen pregnancies and STD transmission in our neighborhood," said Paul Granger, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Teen Director, "and we also hope to increase healthy life choices and create stronger family units."

 "We pray that God is glorified, that teens in attendance have a great time, and that they learn to be a little wiser in their relationships," added Granger.

The program includes guest speaker, Khidhra Smith, of The A-Team and Salimah's House.

For more information about The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, please contact Hugh Jones, Executive Director, at (804) 591-3831.


Smith is a entrepreneur, motivational speaker, writer, and radio disk jockey.  As a child, she was overweight, bullied, teased, and often isolated by her peers.  As a teen, Khidhra's lack of understanding of healthy relationships affirmed her need to please and created a strong desire to satisfy others at the expense of herself.  She struggled with caring about what people thought, comparing herself to others,  establishing boundaries in relationships, speaking up for herself, and communicating how she really felt just to name a few. As a result trials and tribulations such as STD's, pregnancy, and abortion awaited her.

In the fall of 2010 Khidhra received her call into the ministry and serves as a minister-in-training at her church, Mount Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries in Richmond.  She minister's to youth in the areas of abstinence and self esteem, and living a holy lifestyle unto God. Since the start of Salimah's House in 2005, she has partnered with over 40 public school systems, recreational centers, boys and girls clubs, young men Christian associations, churches, colleges and universities, residential group homes, homeless shelters, and other nonprofit organizations to facilitate her programs and bring her message of empowerment to youth and women across the United States. 

She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker; a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a bachelors of Science degree in psychology and a master's of social work degree. 

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