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Hope Squad members hand out baked goods during the Studio C Bake Sale held at Mountain View High School on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Ashtyn Asay, Daily Herald

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Members of Hope Squad and Studio C announce the Studio C Bake Sale held at Mountain View High School on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Ashtyn Asay, Daily Herald

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The Studio C Bake Sale was held at Mountain View High School on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Ashtyn Asay, Daily Herald

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The cast of BYUtv’s “Studio C” chose to spread the joy in a different way on Tuesday.

The comedy sketch series for the whole family has teamed up with Hope Squad – a non-profit organization focused on reducing youth suicide through education, training and peer intervention – for the sale of Studio C pastries at Mountain View High School in Orem.

Hope Squad and Studio C cast members baked brownies, cookies and more for sale, and Orem residents had the opportunity to come meet their favorite cast members and buy a treat. All proceeds from the bake sale were donated to the Hope Squad.

According to Studio C cast member Tori Pence, the bake sale was part of a larger effort the show is making to give back to local communities.

“We wouldn’t be able to do and do the things that we do without the people watching the show,” she said. “Our mission has always been to bring something good and beautiful to the world and make things a little lighter and brighter, so I feel like that aligns really well with Hope Squad.”

For fellow Studio C cast member Gabby Moore, being able to help raise money for suicide prevention is another way she can help spread the same positivity she shares with the show’s viewers. .

“Suicide prevention and awareness about it is important to me because the average age is going down,” she said. “What we do overall, as comedy performers, is we try to spread joy and bring happiness to people, so I put those two things together.”

Although suicide affects people of all ages, it is increasingly common among young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide was the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 14 in 2020.

Alivia Walker, a member of Hope Squad, said the organization’s volunteers learn the warning signs of suicide to raise awareness in their own schools. They also learn about suicide prevention resources that can be given to their peers.

“We’re not therapists ourselves, but we learn how to get people the help they need,” she said. “We are grateful to Studio C for partnering with us and helping us raise funds for mental health awareness.”

For Hope Squad member Madeline Palmer, the Studio C bake sale was an opportunity to get to know other volunteers who share the same passion for their cause.

“It’s pretty exciting to get to know all these people who actually care about suicide prevention because it’s a serious thing,” she said.

Palmer wants other students his age who are going through a tough time to know that they are not alone and can always reach out to a member of the Hope Squad.

“Everyone has bad days, and when you have a bad day, you want someone to talk to, and you want someone who really knows how you feel,” she said. “If there’s anyone who might be feeling sad, or disappointed, or feeling like they’ve been treated badly, or feeling suicidal, then they can come to Hope Squad because we’re going to help you. …we want him to know he has a purpose and they matter.


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