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Teen girls urged to make ‘life matter’

Hart featured speaker at Teen Encounter

Teen girls will be inspired to dream about a future that has endless possibilities when Kirsten Hart speaks to them at Teen Encounter.

The night of pizza and girl time will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 19 at Grace Fellowship Activity Center, Leamersville Campus, 14 Brethren Lane, Duncansville. Praise and worship will be led by Josiah Weaver.

The event is for girls in grades six to 12. Youth leaders and mothers are also welcome. Advance tickets are a $10 donation and $12 at the door (if available). Information on how to obtain tickets is at the end of this story.

“Teens are fantastic,” said Hart. “They are amazing and full of promise. I am very pro-teen.”

Hart, a singer, author and television host, also associates with teenagers by serving as a high school substitute teacher. It’s been a side job for 14 years, she said.

“It keeps me in touch with what they are doing, what they are thinking.”

Hart said teenagers today are not that much different than she and her friends were during their adolescent years. She said one of her pet peeves is when adults talk down about teens.

“It was not that long ago that we were all in that same place,” she said, adding that most issues that teens deal with are issues teens have always faced.

She admitted, however, that one thing has changed, and she considers it a positive development.

“They can find information so quickly,” she said. “My generation had to go to the encyclopedia to find out about life. They have access to YouTube if they want to learn how to build something or to check out a career, like how to be a nurse. So much information is available. It’s a great asset.”

During her talk, — “Who Ya Wanta Be & What Ya Wanta Do?” — Hart hopes to inspire teens to consider their destinies.

She said she will talk to them about “making your life matter,” which can mean more than one career.

“You don’t have to be and do the same thing,” she said. “Maybe, do a different thing.”

In her own life, Hart has a varied job journey. She and her husband, Dave, are co-hosts of the television program, “Zola Levitt Presents,” on Daystar Television and the Cornerstone Network.

In the past, she has been a singer for Friends, the backup group for Grammy-award winner Larnelle Harris, as well as a singer with The Spurrlows, Richard Roberts TV Singers, TBN’s “This is Your Day” and BET TV’s “Manasseh Jordan Show.” She has written eight books including “ReInventing You, Regenerate Your Life” and “Chat Teens, a conversational Bible study.”

She is also a mom of two sons and is a grandmother.

“You can start a new chapter at any age,” Hart said. “Moses was 80 when he began the greatest days of his calling.”

She said teens and others need to be flexible, totally open and prepared for what is next.

“Each new adventure is a stepping stone to prepare you for the next one,” Hart said.

For Tickets

Tickets for Teen Encounter ($10) are available now through April 15 at the following sites: Roaring Spring True Value Store, Thompson Pharmacy in Hollidaysburg and Juniata, Everett Flower Shop and Northern Bedford Pharmacy.

For mail orders, call Doris Miller at 224-5443. Miller is also handling will call tickets from April 15 to 18.

To purchase tickets through PayPal, visit www.ladiesencounter.com. Tickets at the door are $12 if available.

If you go

Who: Kirsten Hart

What: Teen Encounter

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.

April 19

Where: Grace Fellowship Activity Center, Leamersville Campus

Tickets: $10 and $12 at the door

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