Over 400 people are in Meridian for the 24th Annual Lookin' to the Future Conference at the MSU Riley Center.
Sponsored by Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, the conference holds workshops dealing with issues facing teenagers today.
Organizers want to educate those working with young people so that they may help youth be better prepared to make choices about sex.
"Now the particular population that we're concerned about are the kids in the foster care system," said Sue Cherney, executive director. "And they are two-thirds more likely to get pregnant, two-thirds more likely to contract venereal diseases than kids in the regular population, so it's all the more important that children be equipped with the knowledge of how to prevent these things."
The conference included a workshop on the potential impact of Mississippi House Bill 999,
which mandates school districts adopt policies for sex education. Districts must teach either abstinence or abstinence-plus.