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Sharefest gives back to teen groups

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A program designed to pay it forward did just that for two groups helping young people.

Sharefest presented $20,000 checks to "Ignite Youth Mentoring" and "Teen Challenge" at the Columbia Community Church in Richland. The money was raised in 40 churches.

Around 3,100 volunteers take part in programs that also help raise money for the annual event.

"I wish it didn't have to involve money, but it does have to involve money in order to help. But, how much does a life cost, it's priceless and we need people to partner up," explains Jesse Campos  of Teen Challenge.

"This money really allows us to get our advertising out there to let people know about who we are and how easy it is to be a mentor," explains Todd Kleppin.

"Teen Challenge" works with teenage boys to prevent them from getting into gangs. "Ignite Youth Mentoring" pairs teens with people with positive backgrounds to expose them to positive role models.