Friday, June 17

Dr. Truth encourages youth to seek knowledge and have self-respect during annual Family & Youth Expo

Dana "Dr. Truth" Andrus speaking the youth during the SU Ag Center's 2016 Family and Youth Expo on June 17.

Baton Rouge, LA – “That’s nothing wrong with doing the right thing,” said Dana Andrus during his keynote address to 300 youth in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Southern University Smith-Brown Memorial Union.

Andrus, who is known as ‘Dr. Truth,’ was one of several presenters that addressed the youth during the Southern University Ag Center’s annual Family and Youth Expo on June 17.
Dr. Truth went on to encourage the girls in the audience to grow up be to intelligent, respectfully young ladies. “There’s nothing wrong with keeping your virginity,” encouraged Truth.

He also encouraged the boys to grow up to be men who protect and provide for their families.

Truth is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a member of the National Speakers Association and the International Speaker’s Network. He has served in the United States Marine Crops, Army and Air Force. He has earned an Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctor of Divinity.

Other workshop and seminar topics included: Teens, Sex and the Law, presented by Stacie LaBlanc with the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center; Body Bag of Illnesses presented by the SU Ag Center’s Communities of Color Network; Young Lives Matter presented by James Jefferson III with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and How I Started My Own Business presented by Hayley Thompson, the teenaged baker and business owner from Ascension Parish.

The two-day educational event themed, “Encouraging Youth to Always Seek Knowledge,” will conclude on June 18 with a quiz bowl and awards program.

Dr. Wanda Burke serves as Youth Development Specialist and Expo event chair.

Click the following link to view highlights of the SU Ag Center's 2016 Family and Youth Expo, 


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