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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- There is currently no draft in the United States, but young people with interest in or questions about conscientious objection and alternative service need to be prepared for it just the same. Youth group members, college students, youth pastors and other interested adults can learn more about the Selective Service System (SSS) and the options available by attending one or more special events at Bethel, Hesston and Tabor Colleges in early February.

Cassandra Costley, manager of the SSS Alternative Service Program in Washington, D.C., will be the main speaker or resource person for several area events.

On Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, she will speak in the offices of Mennonite Church USA in Newton, then participate in events with interested students and faculty at Tabor College in Hillsboro later in the day. That evening, she will be part of an event for area youth groups in Krehbiel Auditorium on the Bethel College campus. Thursday afternoon, Feb. 2, she will meet with college students and faculty, also on the Bethel College campus.

Thursday evening, Feb. 2, Costley will be the central speaker at a public event called The Military Draft and Alternative Service, in Krehbiel Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. The program will include a mock draft board, stories of draft and service experiences from previous conscientious objectors and a time of questions and answers. The event is free and open to the public.

Costley will be on the Hesston College campus on Friday, Feb. 3.

For specific information on the events and Costley’s schedule, contact Ken Regier at Mennonite Mission Network, 316-283-5100, or Jean Isaac at the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), 316-284-5217.

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