Antioch Life Center Preaches Keys To Communicating With Youth

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Keeping a watchful eye on your children can be difficult and social media can often times keep parents in the dark.

Tuesday night, the Antioch Life Center attempted to break the code of how today's youth communicate.

From drugs to dating, parents learned that there exists much more than a generational gap.

Nearly eighty people packed the Antioch Life Center for education on ways to reach today's youth, but first they had to tackle one important barrier.

Youth Pastor Andre Barnette said, "The problem is we don't understand their language. We have to speak their language. You cannot communicate with them until you understand what they are talking about. What we have to do as parents is reach out so we can bridge the gap between us."

An eight person panel detailed slang and nicknames of various drugs Topeka youth are exposed to so parents could crack the code and have a better understanding of what their children are up against.

Teenagers in attendance also informed adults of code words and the peer pressure from fellow students.

The Antioch Life Center is a faith based non-profit organization which offers social services to the community.

Organizers of the event hope to hold a second "Breaking the code," forum in the future due to Tuesday night's success.