Call it a preview of what’s coming next. This Saturday’s 2019 Youth Encounter at Sanders Middle School will be a preliminary look at what Treca Deshields plans for Laurens County.

Next year will be her 30th as a youth mentor and empowerment coach, starting in Clinton, and for 2020 she plans to mentor 20 women in their spiritual, economic and personal journeys. She’s not ready to say yet where her “Laurens County Revival” will take place, but, the Good Lord willing, it is coming.

I am amazed at God’s grace,” Deshields said, “when I think back on all the lives we have touched, the day care, the liberal arts programs, and the plays we did at PC. With this event (Saturday’s Youth Encounter), I have three of ‘my kids’ coming back. I don’t want to lose touch with Laurens County.”

Deshields and her staff operate successful youth mentoring programs in Anderson and Greenville. At the Greenville location, the housing management just recently provided space for the program to conduct church services.

They said they wanted to wait [and] see. Then they said, ‘We see you are here for the long haul.’ I have a great staff; they keep me young with ideas.”

This Saturday’s Youth Encounter will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sanders Middle School, 609 Green St., Laurens. Deshields asks people to register in advance on EventBrite; however, people who aren’t comfortable going on-line can register the day off the program (8 a.m.). The advance registration helps them know about ordering food; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Featured speaker will be Kendra Robinson, of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.

Youth speakers will be William Stokes, Monique Law, Jacqueline Rhinehart, Lucila Beaton, Marcy Hill, Stephanie Yeilder and Trandon Dendy.

Other speakers will be David Rojas, Pauline Brown, Minister Joseph Gary. Kim Suber, Sheniqua “Kee Kee” Young, Evangelist Loretta Simpson and Kallison Graham.

While youth sessions are going on, there will be education sessions for adults. Guest speaker topics will include education, human trafficking, health, finances and self-esteem.

Deshields will present a talk entitled “My Dream Reality.”

I want to show young people you can be from a small town and make it,” Deshields said, “and I tell ‘my kids’: ‘If you took from a place, you have the responsibility to give back.’

My hope is for people to come out and get this valuable information.”

EVENTBRITE: Register at Eventbrite “The Zone Youth Encounter 2019” as a youth, adult or vendor. More info, contact Deshields: (864) 933-6343.

(Partners for Youth Encounter 2019 are Healthy Blue, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Clemson University’s College Preparation and Outreach.)