LAYTON -- Hundreds of Davis County teenagers discovered their own magical abilities on Saturday afternoon.
"Who's got the magic? You've got the magic. You have power you never dreamed of," Brad Barton told the teens during the fifth annual Davis Youth Summit.
The magician and motivational speaker said a person is limited by only his or her own mind and that choices can either open up more options or limit a person's freedom.
"There are young men and women out there who are fighting so you can have your freedom," he said. "There are also people who are giving their freedom away for nothing. We can do better than this."
Barton used several magic tricks to illustrate illusions and deceptions and compared them to real life.
He also talked about a troubled childhood, which he said included an abusive father and the struggle with a learning disability.
Things changed for the better when a high school coach told him he was worth something and that, inside his 85-pound frame, there was a champion waiting to get out.
"I discovered there was magic inside of me all along, and I stopped putting myself down," Barton said.
The Davis Youth Summit, held at Northridge High School in Layton, included a full schedule where kids learned how to tackle their goals, have an impact on society, be respectful and thankful, and gain leadership skills.
"This is a great place to come on a Saturday instead of wasting time sleeping all day," said attendee Grant Collins. "It teaches you some important things to do with your life."
Rebecca Hansen said she wanted to learn more about service projects at the summit.
"I love helping people, and I want to learn different ways to help those who live in my own community."
Hunter Halverson said he hoped to learn more leadership skills during the summit.
"I would like to learn how to do more service projects and also learn different things that help the youth unify the community," he said. "I think this event is important because it gives youth even more skills for the future."
The summit was sponsored by several Davis School District impact teams, the Davis County Health Department, Davis Youth of Promise, Zero Fatalities and Intermountain Organ Donation, among others.
"We are part of REAL, which stands for Ridge Education and Leaders," said Northridge High School impact team member Kacee Hill.
"We are a group that enforces positive ideas and performs skits at elementary and junior high schools about drugs, bullying and other life situations."
Some of the breakout sessions included sending free personalized postcards to troops, how to have an impact, how not to drive stupid and being who you choose to be.
"The goal is to get the kids together throughout the county and have them participate in workshops and service projects that empower them to be better citizens and to be more involved in their community," said Stephanie Thompson, REAL team adviser.
"We are really trying to build these kids up and give them avenues of support and the opportunity to serve others."