The Power of Young Adults: Speaking Up and Changing the Culture
Between skills, networks, energy, passion, time, and other unique resources, young adults play a significant role in fighting the porn culture. Unfortunately, it can be a challenge to know how to get involved and where to start. The goal of this class is to help young adults identify the ways in which they can inspire and motivate those within their own sphere of influence. Come learn how to use your individual talents and interests to become agents of change and a force for good in the fight against pornography.
This presentation was given at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference in Salt Lake City on March 12, 2016.
Malissa Richardson has been highly involved in the anti-pornography movement for the past five years. As Miss South Jordan and then as Miss Provo, she promoted her service platform “Educating on the Harmful Effects of Pornography” throughout the state of Utah. She has shared her message about the harms of pornography addiction with teens, young adults, and parents, as well as religious and community leaders. She is a member of the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Advisory Board and is working as an intern in Washington D.C. at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She is currently a senior at BYU studying Human Development and Nonprofit Management.
Kandace Goodrich was born and raised in Kearns, Utah but prefers the warmth of St. George where she lived for 9 years and attended Dixie State University. She has worked for LDS Family Services for almost 5 years assisting therapists and deepening her desire to help others overcome emotional challenges. She is entering the Family Life program at USU this summer with the goal of becoming a Family Life Educator. Kandace has volunteered with UCAP for the past three years. She is passionate about educating others on the harmful effects of pornography. Her goal is to teach young single adults about healthy family relationships and how to overcome pornography addictions before starting a family. When not working or pursuing education, Kandace loves to go hiking, read self-help books, organize, and spend time with her two sisters who she lives with in Orem, Utah.
Alex Theobald recently graduated from Brigham Young University where he studied philosophy and social entrepreneurship. He was worked in both corporate and non-profit sectors. For the past year, he volunteered for UCAP as a young single adult advocate, hosting discussions regarding how to talk about pornography while dating and training peers to host discussions of their own. He currently works for New Haven Residential Treatment Center. He will begin graduate studies in marriage and family therapy at Utah State University this fall. He believes the plague of pornography can be overcome both on a personal and social level and that strengthening homes and families is foundational to this success.