Actor to speak at youth conference

Actor to speak at youth conference
August 15
00:00 2012

Former child star Kel Mitchell will be a special guest at Union Baptist Church’s Takeover Youth Conference, which will be held from Aug. 17-19.

Kids in grades 5-12 will be the focus of tomorrow’s (Aug. 17) activies, which begin with registration from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and an open session at 9 a.m.  Several breakout sessions will be held during the day. A dinner and social will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a  worship service at 6 p.m. featuring guest speaker Mitchell.

On Saturday, Aug. 18 workshops, a book reading presentation, games and fun will be held for students in grades K – 4. A Red Carpet Conference Youth Gala will take place at the Hawthorne Inn from 3 – 5:30 p.m., with separate events for younger and older kids. The conference will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services.

A Chicago native, Mitchell began his acting career at the young age of 12. He was an original member on Nickelodeon’s “All That” from 1994-1999. He then starred with Kenan Thompson in the spin-off series “Kenan & Kel” from 1996-2000. The pair also appeared in the 1997 film “Good Burger,” which was based on a popular “All That” sketch.

These days, the actor regularly motivates kids by giving speeches at high schools and other venues. He does a web-series called “Ask Pastor Zeigler,” with his pastor, Rev. Pastor Garry D. Zeigler of Los Angeles’ Spirit Food Christian Center. Mitchell also puts on a live dance competition each month for inner city youth called “The Back House Party” at The Dream Center in Compton, Calif.

Conference registration is $30 and includes meals, workshops, conference t-shirt and the gala.  Call 336-724-9305 or register online at

Union Baptist Church is located at 1200 N. Trade St.  The church is led by pastor and teacher Dr. Sir Walter Mack Jr.

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