Pay it Forward: Youth Impact

Pay it Forward: Youth Impact (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Youth Impact in Ogden has been helping kids for 25 years.

"Our whole thing is just to see that the kids grow, graduate, become productive citizens in our community," said Robb Hall, the group's founding director.

The after-school program aims to help kids in 4th-12th grade focus on their education and homework, but it also does much more.

"We want to give these kids the individual one-on-one attention they all deserve," Hall said.

Youth Impact also provides activities like sports, arts and crafts, bike shop, and more.

But most importantly, it gives the kids a place to feel like they belong and feel like family.

"It love it. There is not one part of this place I do not like," said Arissa Prieto, who has been attending Youth Impact for a year.

Prieto told 2News her grades have improved and that Youth Impact has changed her.

"We just all help each other," she said.

Unfortunately, right now a member of their family is battling cancer.

Earlier this summer, Hall was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer.

"It's a very fast-moving cancer," he said.

He had several surgeries to get rid of it, but doctors found there was some that had spread to the liver and spleen.

So Hall is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments and is determined to fight the disease.

"I intend to get through this and I intend to be here for a few more years," he said.

The community has been rallying around Hall and he is very grateful for the support. But he hopes people's support will come in another way, too.

"I just don't want people to forget that our focus right now is on the Capital Campaign," he said.

For this campaign, Youth Impact is raising funds to expand and improve its facilities.

The goal is to raise $1.25 million.

Mountain America Credit Union stepped in to donate $500 to get them closer to their mark.

If you want to help out, or get more information about Youth Impact, you can visit its website or Facebook page.