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Salty Digs

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ, 2019), youth suicide rates increased by 56% from 2007 to 2017 and 4 out of 5 of the teens gave clear warning signs before attempting suicide (, 2019). With this amount of rise in suicides, communities haven’t been able to keep up on educating the community about warning signs of suicide and how to receive help. Research also indicates that 32% of high school students are in need of tutoring and only 8% actually receive that tutoring ( There are approximately 1,500 students in South Davis County who need tutoring each day. There is currently not a center close by to assist with either of these issues (Burgstahler, 2012). The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH, 2019) stated that in Utah 2,435 teens are without a home and without a family member, they are all alone. There is not a facility within southern Davis County to assist with the needs of this growing up generation. According to the research, a facility of this type needs to be visible, in close proximity to those who need it, and comforting and calming upon walking in (Miller, et. al, 2020). With these types on issues constantly on the rise for teens in the community, the need for a facility close by where they can receive help is evident. The Bountiful City Library will be transformed into Salty Digs with the help of the Sky Foundation who is geared toward helping teens succeed. It will be a place for teens who need a home, a tutoring facility, a suicide awareness and prevention center, and a soda shop making it easy for teens to gather who need assistance in these areas. The building will be designed to have these spaces work together for the benefit of the user. Research shows that open concept learning/tutoring spaces along with spaces available for private sessions and counseling promote education, learning, and healing ( The dorm area can house up 32 teens at a time and will be designed to have its own entrance so users can have privacy. The soda shop will be an open space with many different seating options and a colorful mural wall that gives energy to the space where the community can mingle together promoting friendship and comradery for those teens who feel all alone. Spaces 4 Learning states that repurposing structures into educational and administrative facilities breathes life back into buildings and surrounding neighbors (Kilpatrick, et. al, 2019). The goal of Salty Digs is to heal the community of teens by designing a building that functions to promote education as well as healthy mental living.[]=3800&fn[]=10700&fn[]=18900&fn[]=34200&fn[]=40100&year=2018&ths=true,from%20high%20school%20on%20time. Universal Design of Tutoring and Learning Centers, Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., 2012.

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Sandra Call


Kristen Arnold


Sandra Call

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Discipline: Engineering
Institution: Weber State University

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