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Power in You Program Motivates Troubled Teens

The third annual Power in You campaign had its first power tour event of the year at Dixie College last week. Jericho Road performed and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. spoke at the event in an effort to motivate troubled teens.

About Power in You

Power in You is a campaign that focuses on the emotional aspect of life-challenges and at-risk behavior in order to bring hope to teens and encourage them to fulfill their life and educational potential.

"We hope to uplift the teens of Utah and give them an inspirational message to rise above the challenges many face every day and to see the potential they have," said Rachel Jensen, a member of the Power in You committee.

Utah first lady Mary Kaye Huntsman organized the Power in You mentoring program three years ago in an effort to help troubled teens across the state. The campaign consists of mentors who volunteer their time and effort to visit different junior high and high schools to sponsor assemblies where they share their stories of hardship and success.

"We want kids to know they are not alone in this, and there are others that have had the same problems and have come out on the other side of things by giving back to the community and serving," said Mary Bangerter, executive director of the Power in You program.

How this Mentoring Program for Troubled Teens Works

At the beginning of each school year, the organization hosts power tours at different venues. The program includes motivational speakers, musical performances and testimonies from young ambassadors who have experienced hardships in their lives.

Such topics as teen pregnancy, disabilities, eating disorders, poverty, mood disorders and diversity are addressed.

Every secondary school in the state is invited to attend these events, including alternate high schools and private institutions.

Where to Attend

The next event will take place on Wednesday at the Dee Events Center, 4450 Harrison Blvd. Ogden, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The program will also be at the E-Center, 3200 South Decker Lake Drive

West Valley, on Oct. 24 from 10. to 11:30 a.m.

"This is not just for kids. Its for parents and business leaders and anyone who is interested," Bangerter said. "Everyone takes a part in our kids' development."

This is the third nonprofit organization Huntsman has started.

"Mrs. Huntsman is so passionate about this," Bangerter said. "People are coming out of the woodwork to volunteer and help out."

When Huntsman's daughter, Libby, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, Huntsman recognized the hardships many teens face in dealing with difficult situations on their own.

In an effort to help her daughter cope with this disease, Huntsman began the Bag of Hope program. This has now become a national program run by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation that provides thousands of recently diagnosed diabetes patients with a diabetic peer mentor. They also provide a "bag" filled with resource material to help facilitate disease treatment and patient comfort.

Huntsman also began a "kid-to-kid, heart-to-heart" mentoring program for children and teens diagnosed with cancer and terminal illnesses.

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