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Teens can learn about important, lifesaving topics this week and attend a concert – all at no charge.

RISE UPstate is June 13 at the Greenville Convention Center. This youth awareness concert is hosted by several Upstate nonprofit organizations, including Safe Harbor and the Julie Valentine Center. The goal is to raise awareness among teens, young adults and parents about human trafficking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Because of the subject matter, the event is recommended for ages 13 and older.

“There’s a huge need to educate people and hopefully, it might stop a few of these young people from being a victim,” Ana Karen Castellanos, Outreach Coordinator for Safe Harbor, said. 

In addition to the show, featuring Erica Mason, Uzuhan and DJ 4:12, speakers Kat Wehunt and Jae M. Soto will speak to those in attendance about their experiences. 

Castellanos wants survivors to know that the subject matter may be triggering for them. 

“There will be some heavy topics,” she said. 

Resource tables will be set up to connect teens and parents with local organizations that address the areas of human trafficking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The hope is that young people will avoid normalizing behaviors that can escalate. 

“I want parents to know that their kids should go – even the parents should go,” Castellanos said. 

RISE UPstate is June 13 at the Greenville Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event begins at 6 p.m. Admission to is free, but attendees are asked to register online at https://www.riseupstate.org.

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