Youth Alive Club Meets Weekly for Connections

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According to the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause that were enacted by all three branches of the United States Government, the freedom of religion is an inalienable right for every person who lives in the United States. That right is protected and they cannot be forced into worshiping another religion. Kaysville, Utah is predominantly one religion, this can create a “bubble” or “herd” effect when it comes to what religions are expressed openly. In the past this school has been no exception.  However last year the Youth Alive Club was started. Youth Alive is a religious club where religions that are not as openly talked about in such an LDS community can meet to discuss their beliefs.

“[It’s] a group of students coming together, a Christian Organization,” Youth Alive member Ariel Laub said

Youth Alive meets every Wednesday in Ms. Laub’s chemistry room. They are open to all religions and people who come seeking support or an answer to questions.

“It’s just a club for Christians and non Mormons, not that we aren’t open to Mormons,” club member Ivie Laub said.

The students in Youth Alive know how hard it can be to feel alone or like they are a minority. The club is a place where they can talk without filters or fear of judgment.

“The fact that being not lDS its  really hard growing up in Kaysville Utah, just for the fact that you are severely out numbered, and that not a bad thing, it’s just that you don’t get to share your thoughts and ideas like how everyone else does” Youth Alive member Braydon Pinder said.

The Youth Alive members are very close and have successfully created an environment where they can fully be themselves. This environment is one of their favorite things about this club.

“What I love is the atmosphere, it’s a place where you can share your opinions or not feel like you’re judged or harassed  or that anybody is going to start attacking you based on what you believe, it’s a place where you can get an outside perspective,” Pinder said.

The club and it’s members has successfully created a safe place for people to freely express themselves and their thoughts in a place where it can be hard to do so. They have created a close bond and set the example that every voice, religion and idea matters.