Abstinence Rally Is Educational And Fun

It had the look and feel of a concert.  While parents and teens at the Boys and Girls Club Abstinence Rally had fun, leaders say there was a bigger message at hand.

"It's really not a just say no message; it's a just say yes," says Rashida Jolley, former Miss Teen for Washington D.C.

Jolley was one of the speakers at the rally who says she knows first hand about smart choices.

"The number one reason is to protect your heart and to protect your future and to protect your dreams, and there's no contraception that can do that," Jolley said.

Parent Louis Galbamez agrees.

"What we need to do is to keep it real. We need to come in, and we need to tell the truth," says Galbamez.

The young father of three says that waiting to have sex would have been his best option. Now he is doing his part to change the dialogue between parents and their kids.

"Most of the parents do a lot of blah, blah, blah, blah, and the kids aren't listening and most of the kids do a lot of blah, blah, blah, blah.  And the parents aren't listening, so I always tell people it's a mis-communication problem. We need to teach parents and teenagers what effective communication is," Galbamez said.

Purvis McBride agrees. He says The Boys and Girls Club aims to get rid of some of the pressures teenagers are facing.

"They are coming and talking to us when the parents can't talk, so that's a viable tool that the kids need to be responsible in this society," says McBride.

Taking responsibility for their future and knowing it's okay to say no and still have fun.

This was the first annual teen abstinence rally.

Organizers say the goal was to educate teens about smart choices, healthy living and having fun.