Is the Next Generation a Lost Cause?

BAKERSFIELD, Ca, April 10, 2012 — Is the next generation a lost cause? Wayne Rice doesn’t think so. Wayne is the featured speaker at the upcoming Next Generation Family Conference at Parkside Church in northeast Bakersfield. He is also the co-founder of Youth Specialties and the author of more than 30 books for parents, teachers, and youth workers. From Wayne’s perspective, the most important thing we can do to help the next generation succeed is to create healthy families. As he writes in one of his most recent books titled Generation to Generation, “No one has more influence on children than parents.” He also acknowledges the important role of grandparents, extended family, and other mentors. At the Next Generation Family Conference, Wayne will be sharing many practical insights about how to build an effective family and teach healthy morals and values at home.

The conference has been sponsored by Parkside Church so that the entire weekend is completely free. The public is invited to participate in three conference sessions with Wayne Rice, a Family Fun Night on Saturday, and seminar sessions on Sunday (see below for full conference details).

The Family Fun Night on Saturday will feature a free barbeque meal, fun activities, a puppet show, and a concert for children. Various seminar sessions on Sunday morning will be lead by community representatives and members of the congregation at Parkside Church. The Bakersfield Pregnancy Center will present a seminar on the topic of “How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex” and Youth for Christ of Kern County will lead a “Youth Culture” seminar. Other seminars will be focused on parental discipline, the role of grandparents, and helping children through crisis. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can impact the next generation of young people.

Next Generation Family Conference Schedule
Saturday, May 5
5 p.m. - Session 1: Providing Hope for a Generation in Crisis
6:15 p.m. - BBQ and Family Fun Night
Sunday, May 6
8:30 a.m. - Session 2: Leveraging the Power of a Healthy Family
9:35 a.m. - Seminar Sessions (more information coming soon)
10:45 a.m. - Session 3: Teaching Healthy Morals and Values at Home

For more information about Wayne Rice you can visit You can find out more about the Next Generation Family Conference by visiting Parkside Church’s website at

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