Were you alarmed by an unruly crowd of hundreds of screaming adolescents in the Times Square vicinity today? Don't worry. It was just the TEEN MANIA teens holding their RECREATE '08 rally, taking a vocal stand against those things young adults hate: "substance abuse, violence, premature sexuality, Internet porn and more." Least. Fun. Rally. Ever. Beware of New Jersey's Izod Center this weekend, where 10,000 more religious A students will gather maniacally. The press release explains their crusade of sobriety:
Hundreds of Teens Rally in Times Square to Change Pop Culture as We Know It, Feb. 8
While Presidential Candidates Promise "Change," Thousands of Teens Are Enacting Change and Asking the Candidates to Help
NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2008—Representing a movement of more than 400,000 teens, hundreds of teenagers will rally on Military Island in TIMES SQUARE, FEB. 8, 3:30 p.m. ET.
The rally will highlight teens' concerns about the toll today's pop culture is taking on their generation—the largest generation of teens in U.S. history.* The teens oppose the "cool factor" pop culture entertainment associates with substance abuse, violence, premature sexuality, Internet porn and more. The rally, called RECREATE '08, will showcase the thousands of TEEN MANIA teens who are out to RE-create entertainment, fashion, the arts, and the Web into products that build up, not tear down, their generation.
"I want to use film and television to give this generation hope that they can break free from depression, substance abuse and hopelessness in their lives," says 19-year-old Katherine Haller of Baltimore. Haller, an organizer of the RECREATE '08 rally, is currently receiving film and television production experience through Teen Mania's Center for Creative Media.
Fueled by their faith, these Teen Mania teens have sparked a movement of more than 400,000 like-minded teenagers who have gathered at arena events from coast to coast over the past two years to impact pop culture for the good of their generation.
The RECREATE '08 rally in Times Square will feature teens in the act of RE-creating some of their generation's favorite products including:
Teen-produced TV shows and movie-shorts running on the Panasonic jumbo-tron in Times Square
Dance and more . . .
CALLING ON THE CANDIDATES
The teens will also issue a list of 8 QUESTIONS for the presidential candidates that reflect their top concerns including: youth exposure to Internet pornography, media glamorization of drugs, sex and alcohol, and the AIDS pandemic.
Following the rally, more than 10,000 teens will gather at New Jersey's Izod Center for a two day RECREATE '08 event featuring: New York Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera, six-time GRAMMY® Award winner Kirk Franklin, the David Crowder Band, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and TEEN MANIA founder, Ron Luce.