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Dakota Hope banquet, youth event set for September

Pam Stenzel, founder of Enlighten Communications, will be speaking at the annual Dakota Hope banquet and conducting a SEX-ED youth event in September.

Stenzel, who travels worldwide, speaking to more than 500,000 students each year, believes young people can make good decisions about sexual activity but only if they are given the facts about the emotional and physical consequences of sex outside of marriage. Stenzel tackles today’s tough issues of sex with candor, insight, humor and the challenge for young people to make the healthiest choice and save sex for marriage.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University in Virginia. For years, she was director of Alpha Women’s Center, a counseling center for women undergoing crisis pregnancies.

Dakota Hope Clinic is bringing Stenzel back to Minot for its 10th Annual Fundraising Banquet. Stenzel had spoken at the first banquet in the fall of 2012.

Attendees can listen to Stenzel at the N.D. State Fair Center in Minot on Monday, Sept. 20, or at the Mountrail County South Complex in Stanley on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Both events will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a meal. There is no charge to attend, but all attendees will be asked to make a financial donation to Dakota Hope Clinic, a pregnancy help center in Minot.

The banquets are limited to adults and registration is required at least one week prior to the event. People can register through their table hosts or self-register by calling 852-4675 or go to.dakotahope.org/events.

While in North Dakota, Stenzel will be speaking at the South Prairie, Bishop Ryan, Stanley and Tioga schools and at SEX-ED #nomessingaround, a free community event open to all area youth, junior high and older. Parents, teachers and youth leaders also are welcome.

SEX-ED will be held at the State Fair Center on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. No registration is required.

Stenzel draws on scientific research to challenge youth to avoid the risks of sexual activity outside of a faithful marriage, not just reduce those risks. Her primary prevention approach includes encouragement for anyone who has already made unhealthy choices, that it is never too late to start over.

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