The Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) will host its inaugural Faith-Based Youth Leaders’ Summit May 2-3 in Clemson.

The summit will feature workshop presentations and encourage discourse between attendees and the event’s keynote speakers.

The event is a logical extension of the department’s continual mission to promote positive development in South Carolina’s youth, according to Harrison P. Pinckney IV, Ph.D., a PRTM post-doctoral fellow who is providing leadership for the summit, along with a diverse team of Clemson faculty.

“Faith-based programs are abundant across the state and touch the lives of many young people, so hosting a seminar focused on those who lead these groups and giving them the tools to succeed will be a powerful experience for all involved,” Pinckney said.

Pinckney said one of the primary goals of the PRTM department is to assist local community agencies in providing quality programs and services to South Carolina youth and families, so that goal clearly aligns with those of the summit.

May 2 will act as registration day featuring an opening session with Dr. Herbert Bailey, founder and senior pastor of Right Direction Church International, who will “set the stage” for the learning experience to follow, according to Pinckney. The opening night will also feature a train-the-trainer networking session.

May 3 will include educational workshops, “conversations” that allow participants to share youth and family issues prevalent in their communities, a lunch with keynote speaker Dr. Roger McKenzie, and a final capstone to sum up the lessons learned throughout the day. Dr. McKenzie is a professor of religion at Southern Wesleyan University and has been involved in youth ministry most of his life. McKenzie’s youth ministry efforts focus on outdoor recreation.

“Dr. McKenzie’s keynote speech will occur in the midst of diverse, fast-paced learning experiences,” Pinckney said. “Everything from Roger’s speech to our workshops will build on each other, but we want to make the delivery of education varied.”

The summit will allow participants to select their own skill-building workshops, which include information on building youth programs, enhancing volunteer motivation, writing grants, and recruiting.

Full registration for individuals is $114 per person, while groups of four or more can register for $99 per person. Early bird rates drop to $99 per person and an $85 per person group rate, but early bird registration ends April 4. For more information, call 864-656-2393 or email summit@clemson.edu.