Apr 28, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Today, I had the opportunity to speak at a local school right here in my own back yard!  I was invited to Copper Hills High School, to address some of the challenges that our young people are facing; in particular, the current and deadly trend of texting while driving.

The number of accidents and deaths are climbing at an alarming rate.   Kennecott Copper Rio Tinto is one of the largest copper mines in the world and they are sponsoring a tour, where I will be speaking to 28 High School in the Salt Lake Valley this year.

If we can convince just one teen to not text while driving, we will be successful.  I am extremely proud to be a small part of this venture; not only to spread such an important message, but moreover, to spend time with our youth.

It seems all we hear or see on the news lately are the “bad” stories involving our youth of today.  These stories that always seem to top the headlines or rate among those told first range from drugs to gangs to sexual abandonment.

However, I speak at many Young People’s events around the world, from our young Future Farmers of America, to scouting and church groups.  I never cease to be amazed at how respective and willing to help they are.

For example, this morning I arrived several hours early with my dear friend and brother-in-law, Justyn, who not only is my right hand guy when I speak locally, but who has also accompanied me on speaking engagements around the world.

This particular event takes several hours to set up, as there are simulators, screens, several speakers and a lot of technical equipment.  This morning, as I arrived, I asked a young man who was entering the building if he could help.  Before I knew it, he had gathered a dozen or so of his friends, and we had it unloaded and set up in record time.

Not only were they willing to help – before class started – they were respectful and truly eager to be of service.  No foul language or jokes about the guy in a wheelchair – just pure unadulterated great young people who we would all be proud to call our own.

I want to go on record and state I truly believe these young men and women are more apt to represent the youth worldwide than the few stories we see each night that seems to sell newspapers.

I must say I am looking forward to doing many more of these events in the next several months, not only because the message is so powerful, but because of those I will come in contact with.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt