Local church holds workshop

The Historic First Baptist Church of Idlewild, Michigan’s Community Outreach Committee will hold a second series of weekend Summer Youth Personal Development Workshops from June 11 through July 9, 2011 for 11- to 17-year-olds. The free workshops will run for five consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.

While the educational workshops are being coordinated through the church, Outreach Committee Chair Kathy Young-Welch said they will not espouse religious doctrines or principles.

“They are purely designed to help young people in the areas of self-esteem, values, conflict resolution, healthy lifestyles and community service. This is a wonderful opportunity that provides active learning in a fun way and the workshops are open to young people throughout the community with parental consent.”

The committee is working to help improve the quality of life for local youth and, according to Young-Welch, “engaging our young people in enrichment activities is one way to help make a difference in their lives. Our workshops are designed to help them identify healthy attitudes about themselves and will teach them how to make a positive impact in their community. This year’s program will be an extension of last summer’s youth workshops but we have added a field trip component that will allow the students an opportunity to experience ‘first-hand’ the value of their decision making.”

Participation forms can be picked up at church, which is located at 7552 Forman Road between Baldwin Road and 68th Street in Idlewild. The registration deadline is June 8, 2011. Additional workshop information can be obtained by phoning (248) 915-8196.