Silver Ring Thing Rewind Tour To Visit Merritt Island
By Space Coast Daily // February 11, 2013
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Silver Ring Thing, a concert-style youth event sponsored by local organizations, is asking teenagers to begin with the end in mind in their dating relationships.
SRT will bring their nationwide tour entitled “REWIND” to First Baptist Church Merritt Island from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The average age of SRT’s Tour Team is a mere 20-years-old making the members just a few years older than their audience.
“Our leadership is young, just like the kids we meet,” said Tammy Carter, 19, a first-year member of the team. “People see a bunch of young adults walk in and they kind of wonder where the ‘real’ adults are, but that’s what makes us so cutting edge. It’s been great to see how 13 people our age can change a generation.”
Part of that change is expressed in SRT’s vision statement— “to create a culture shift in American where abstinence becomes the norm again rather than the exception.”
The organization promotes this idea by encourage teens who are saving sex for marriage and talking about the concept of starting over with those who have not.
“Starting over is the idea that when a person has been sexually active, they can stop making those choices and choose abstinence,” said Holly Douglas, SRT’s Promotions Director. “We meet so many students who think be- cause they had sex once, they have to keep doing it. Our Tour Team shares their own stories of waiting and starting over. Their testimonies make this event relevant for all students, no mat ter their past.”
Following the event, SRT’s staff offers multi-dimensional support for teenagers who have questions or are struggling with the decision to stay abstinent.
“We aren’t the kind of people to come to town for one night then disappear,” said Douglas who creates content for SRT’s “Until Marriage” follow up system. “Students can keep in touch with us through social media, text messaging, email and our other follow up resources. We’ll be there whenever they needs us.”
Tickets are available for $5 at www.silverringthing.com or $8 at the door the night of the event. Group rates of $4 a ticket are available online for groups of 25 or more. An optional $20 ring will be available at the event.
The event also will include a separate Parent Session beginning at 7 p.m. The 45-minute discussion will provide parents with statistics and talking points to use when talking to their child about sexual activity.
Silver Ring Thing is a non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh. It was founded in 1995 by Denny Pattyn in response to the high teen pregnancy rate in his Yuma, Ariz. community. Since its inception,more than 550,000 people have attended SRT events around the world.
For tickets and more information, visit www.silverringthing.com.