PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A yearly youth conference will give a special chance for Philadelphia teens to talk about and receive help for traumatic experiences they're facing.
The 19th annual Rise and Dream Philly Teen Conference will have some differences, both in format and in whom they are honoring.
"Why don't we celebrate teens who have dealt with certain challenges, certain traumas that are part of the year?" Carla Johnson with Youth Service Incorporated said.
She added those experiences can include everything from gun violence to remote learning.
Youth Service Incorporated is organizing the pop-up event on October 2 to recognize teens who are 13 to 18 years old. They're asking kids to apply, and share their experiences.
"We are going to have 10 gifts for 10 teens, and it's based upon their responses to our application process," said Johnson.
She explained that in addition to getting those special gifts, they want to help the teens with the issues their dealing with.
"They will all get school supplies. They will be encouraged to stay connected," Johnson added.
"We’ll connect them to tutors. We’ll connect them to therapists. Folks that can help them in the long run."
The in-person pop-up pep rally is just for the 10 teens selected, but everyone is invited to attend online. The deadline to turn in applications is Friday, September 24.