RIVERDALE -- Youths and their leaders who are interested in serving the less fortunate right here in their own backyard during summer vacation are invited to make plans now.
The Huddle Urban Mission Project -- or THUMP -- a youth missions conference, is set for June 20-25. The Huddle is a group of Evangelical Christian youth leaders from the Top of Utah who meet each month to plan events for area youths.
This year's THUMP will be a gathering of about 100 youths and their leaders, who will stay at the Good Foundations Academy in Riverdale throughout the week.
They'll go to area agencies during the day and perform service activities.
"We're still looking for different opportunities, different service projects for our youths to do," said Brent Hinsley, a youth pastor at Alpine Christian Church.
Some of the organizations on the list for service projects are the Marshall White Center, the Salvation Army, Ogden Rescue Mission, St. Anne's Center and Utah Food Bank.
"We're just wanting to serve the community," Hinsley said. "We want to teach students about the needs of the community they live in that they may not know about."
He said youths may go on mission trips to Mexico or different countries to serve the poor.
"But we want to teach them that there are poor among us," Hinsley said.
Area youths interested in attending or youth leaders wishing to bring groups of youths are asked to call Hinsley at 801-698-4520 or email him at email@example.com.