April 12, 2024

Volunteer Spotlight

This archived article was written by: Christine Olsen

Mary Frandsen is a sophomore from Price. She has three brothers and a sister. “I have five adorable nieces and I absolutely love being an aunt!” Other than spending time with her family, Frandsen also enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially snowmobiling, horseback riding, hiking and river rafting. She also enjoys singing and acting.
Frandsen’s major is behavioral science and she plans to transfer to Utah Valley State College this fall to complete her bachelor’s degree.
Frandsen serves as the SUN Center student leader over Youth and Families with Promise. YFP is a mentoring program for at-risk youth ages 8 to 14. Twenty CEU students serve as mentors for the 30 youth involved in the program. The mentors spend one-on-one time with their youth. YFP also has monthly Family Night Out activities in which the families of the youth are invited to a dinner and activity. Nathan Zilles, a YFP mentor, says that “Youth and Families with Promise gives us as students the chance to help youth in the area.”
Frandsen has always been involved in service and says she does it because, “I like to see people smile. I have been given so much in my life and I am truly blessed. The best way for me to show my gratitude is by helping others around me. Besides, service is fun!”
Kathy Murray, SUN Center director, says that “Mary is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She really enjoys service with all her heart.” Frandsen says that she looks up to her parents. “They have taught me the value of hard work and the importance of sharing my time, talents, and means with others. They are wonderful examples.”