“How much good in the world could you do with $10,000?” That was the question posed to a youth group in Roy when they were planning their big youth activity for 2019. You can imagine that to a teenager $10,000 is a lot of money. Typically, this money is set aside over the period of a few years to allow the youth to have a “super” activity that includes a destination and a few days of fun. But for 2019, the challenge was to make a difference in their community and to involve as many people as they could to accomplish their goal.

What has transpired is truly amazing! “This group of youth had some great ideas and they really wanted to make a difference for the elderly and homeless in our area” says Kelly Taylor, a youth leader. The youth have come up with a three-day event in June (6-8th) with several activities and opportunities for the community to come together and help a handful of non-profit organizations that are already trying to make a difference.

Several service project opportunities have been created to help build benches for a homeless shelter and build shelves for a new food pantry. But it’s the big activities that will have the most impact. On the evening of June 6th, the Roy Aquatic Center will open its doors for youth in Roy ages 11-18 for FREE – the kids just need to bring a food donation that will be used to help open a new food pantry in Roy at the HOPE Senior Center.

On June 7th there will be an afternoon of speakers at the Roy High Small Auditorium done in a “TED Talk” style that will address topics that were of importance to the youth. Experts in our state will discuss suicide prevention, social media and depression, and self-worth. “I am a member of my school’s HOPE Squad and one of the speakers is Greg Hudnall, the person responsible for setting Hope Squads up in Utah Schools. I’m excited that we may be able to help some of the kids in our area that may be struggling with thoughts of suicide” says Mariah Urry, a youth that played a role in planning these events.

On June 8th Roy City will host a Super Hero 5k Run and 2-mile walk where all of the proceeds from the entry fees will be donated to Family Promise of Ogden, a group that helps homeless families get back on their feet. This is a fun way to bring the community together, dressed as their favorite super hero, making a big difference for people that are struggling in our area. It’s only $20 to register and you’ll get a free t-shirt!

And the big finale is a benefit concert June 8th at the Roy High Small Auditorium featuring Jenny Oaks Baker and Family Four. Grammy Nominated Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four, her talented children, will provide an inspiring evening of music and entertainment to help raise funds for Youth Futures, a group helping homeless teens and children in our area. Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four have performed with many orchestras, including the Utah Symphony, and in concert halls throughout the world. Tickets are only $20 and they will sell out fast!

This is a wonderful story of the power of the youth of today! “It’s such a positive thing to see these kids wanting to make a difference. We have been so impressed by the strength of these kids and we know these three days will leave a lasting impression” says Shauntelle Anderson, a youth leader.

You can get more information by visiting the website they set up at

You may also contact: Kelly Taylor (801) 452-5242 or Shauntelle Anderson (801) 648-3655


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