"This year we are doing this event at no cost to individuals -- students or their families," Jan Turner, executive director of Cherish Center, said. "Dickinson County Endowment has provided some of the funding to cover ticket costs, along with several churches and other organizations."
A ticket (wristband) will still be needed to get into the doors but they can be picked up from Cherish Center or an area youth pastor.
Keith Deltano, a nationally known student communicator, will be the featured speaker. He spoke at No Apologies several years ago, and students who heard him often say he was one of the most impactful presenters. Deltano uses his trademark comedy and high energy to show the social, psychological, and health gains that abstinence from sex includes. He will take this topic head on with audience interaction, humor, energy and facts -- empowering teens to recognize where peer pressure comes from and how to beat it.
Tweens (grades 5-8) and their parents are invited to their session on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Faith Church in Spirit Lake. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m., supper will be served by Spenser's Underground. Separate sessions for parents and for the tweens will begin at 6:30 p.m. Ending time is 8:30 p.m.
Teens (grades 7-12+) and their parents are invited to the teen night on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Clay County Events Center in Spencer. Doors will open at 6, with sessions for teens and for the parents starting at 6:30 p.m. The teens will be treated to another comedic improv performance by a professional group while Deltano is speaking to the parents. He will then finish the evening with a special program for the teens. Ending time is 8:45 p.m.
Jay Van Gelder, youth pastor at Hope Church in Spencer, is the lead youth pastor for the No Apologies event.
"I really look forward to this event each year. I use it as a kick-off to my relationship series in my church's youth program. I also use it as a time for students to establish boundaries in their relationships. We have had wonderful speakers every year and this year will be no different with Keith. I have talked with him several times and he is excited to come and share with us for the second time. You won't want to miss this great event," Van Gelder said.