AUSTIN, Texas — About 350 high school teens will be guests of The University of Texas at Austin on Saturday when Black Entertainment Television (BET) produces a live broadcast of its nationally televised Teen Summit program in conjunction with Vision Tour 98-Freedom Quest. The teens are from Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Vision Tour 98 events at UT Austin will begin with a 7-9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) career forum in Room 106 of Burdine Hall, sponsored by BMG Entertainment, for adults focusing on the “Future of Work.” The forum is free and open to the public. Other activities related to Vision Tour 98 also are being held this week at other Austin locations.
On Saturday (Feb. 28) BET will broadcast a two-hour Teen Summit live from the KLRU studios on the UT Austin campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is the second in a series of educational specials designed to help raise awareness of issues related to teenage pregnancy prevention. KLRU is co-sponsor of the event, along with UT Austin and the UT Austin College of Communication.
The Austin area students visiting the UT Austin campus to participate in the summit will arrive on buses early Saturday and will be served breakfast in the Jesse H. Jones Communications Center. UT Austin student volunteers will serve as guides for the visiting teens, who will be given a tour of the campus and treated to performances by the University’s Physics Circus and Chemistry Circus. The teens and UT volunteer students are scheduled to have lunch at 1 p.m. with Vice President for Student Affairs James Vick in the Texas Union Building.
BET provides a platform for programming that is targeted toward an African-American audience and currently is available in more than 52 million households nationwide.
For additional information about the teens visit to UT Austin, contact College of Communication Dean Ellen Wartella, (512) 471-5775. For more information about BET, contact Michelle Moore, (202) 608-2003.