Utah teen strives to give service

Utah teen strives to give service

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - She is a sister and friend at the Boys and Girl's Club after giving countless hours of her time.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - She is a sister and friend at the Boys and Girl's Club after giving countless hours of her time.

"What do you hear?" asked Evelyn Salazar while working on a worksheet with a group of elementary students.

She is a Senior at West High School, known as an ambitious and star student who strives to serve the community.

"It's a really great feeling to make someone's day and know that you made a change in someone's life," she said.

Evelyn started going to the Boys and Girl's Club at age five.  Now more than a decade later she's the Lied club's youth of the year for helping kids as a tutor and a friend.

Megan Foster, the Lied club's director says for teens, service can make all the difference.

"It's just really important to build their character and show that they can help other people and they can have that empowerment that they can make a difference," she said.

That is what Evelyn is known to do, day in and day out.

"All the kids love it when she's here," Megan said.  "She really helps out a lot at the club."

Evelyn said serving at the club has given her a boost.

"I think about when I'm down or when I'm sad or when I'm having problems," she said.  "When someone actually reaches out and helps me, it's like the best feeling in the world because it shows that someone cares about you," she said. 

That may be what the kids at the Lied Boy's and Girl's Club need.  80 percent of them are at risk.  For that reason, Evelyn teaches them to focus on others instead of themselves.

"If they go out and give to the community and they are able to see what other problems are out there in the world, and they realize that life isn't as bad as others, then they can see the good in their life," she said.

For that reason, Evelyn finds the good in hitting the books with kids, or even playing basketball.

"Oh he made it," she said in an intense game of lightning.

Even though an boy much younger than her just forced her out of the game, she is still striving to serve her heart out and spread the word.

"It's karma," she said.  "If you do good, good will come to you." 

ABC4 Utah has partnered with Youth Service America to reward a Utah teen volunteering in their community.  The winning applicant will be rewarded with one thousand dollars.  For more information click hereApplications must be received by September 1, 2013.

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