Story by WVUA 23’s Amber Boswell.

The Cottondale Community Church hosted its anti-bullying and anti-suicide event Wednesday night.

The event placed emphasis on bullying and suicide prevention through rap, music and dancing.

The antibullying and suicide program is centered around educating children on how to treat others, how to improve self-confidence and how to approach someone dealing with the problem.

Youth minister Hunter Snider said this event is a way to reach the youth in a way they would understand.

“There’s a lot of hurting kids. It’s a lot of kids that’s going through a lot of stuff that us adults know nothing about. It’s a way to reach them in a way they can relate to,” Snider said.

Snider also said he wants to do everything he can to help those who are hurting.

The night was full of praise and worship, and a Birmingham Christian rap group called “Rap Gang” performed at the event.

Rap Gang is an alternative music label that pushes inspiration, motivation, and positivity through rap, dance, and speaking.

They push to show people that life is made to be uplifting and that people are counting on one another to do great things.

Members of Rap Gang said that it is important to always be yourself.

“You don’t have to fit in a crowd, you don’t have to be apart of the popularity crew. I mean whatever your calling is in life, we want to be able to direct you in that direction,” members of Rap Gang said.

They also emphasized the importance of having self-confidence.

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