Baylor To Host Hispanic Youth From All Over Texas

Sept. 24, 2004

by Kim Skinner, Student Newswriter

Several hundred youth from Texas will participate in Hispanic Baptist Youth & Singles Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, on Baylor University's campus. The event is hosted by Baylor Youth Programs.

"This is the second year we have sponsored Hispanic Youth Day," said Dr. Don Mattingly, coordinator of Youth Programs. "The goal is to plant a dream in high school students hearts that they can go to college."

The youth will be given tours of Baylor's campus including looking at freshman residence halls in order to gain a feel of college life. Then they will go to the Ferrell Center to participate in a praise and worship service led by True Vine, a band from Dallas, and Jesse Rincones, senior pastor at Alliance Church in Lubbock. A picnic of pizza and Dr Pepper will be provided before going to Floyd Casey Stadium to watch Baylor play against North Texas.

The Baptist General Convention of Texas approached Baylor to participate in providing an opportunity for Texas youth to be inspired to go to college. At minimal cost to the youth, Baylor put this program into place. More than 35 Hispanic churches, and 480 students from throughout Texas have registered to attend this event.

George W. Truett seminary students as well as Baylor students involved in Youth Programs will volunteer their time to help give tours and share with the students their college experience.

Youth Programs helps Baylor students learn how to minister to youth, and assists youth ministers with programming.

For more information, contact Mattingly at 710-3827 or visit the Baylor Youth Programs web site at www.baylor.edu/youthprograms .

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