Empowering (You)th Podcast

Empowering (You)th Podcast

Building Utah Youth (BUY), a nonprofit organization, was established in 2007 by area companies in Northern Utah to provide powerful leadership training to the youth of our communities. BUY strongly believes that the investment in our youth will positively and powerfully impact our families, communities, and businesses. What each individual learns about themselves in relation to who they can truly become provides them with a skill set that will guide them into taking responsibility and accountability for their success.


August 6, 2023 72 mins
Maesa Whitaker follows in some very big footsteps. Her dad, Mike Whitaker not only took on the family construction business and built it into the empire it is today, but also sits on the BUY board alongside his daughter. She is an integral part of this charity and of the day-to-day at Whitaker Construction. Sit down with us to hear about her journey up to now and what's ahead.
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BUY Board Member JJ Chojnowski opens up in this episode to talk about his life story, how his involvement with our charity transforms his life, and about his WHY in life.
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July 7, 2023 37 mins
Carson's brother Mason was on a previous podcast. Now, he sits down to walk through how Building Utah Youth has transformed his life.
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July 7, 2023 70 mins
It is Jonah Devera's turn to sit down and discuss his life experiences before and after attending the Building Utah Youth training program. His mom and stepdad join the discussion.
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July 7, 2023 34 mins
The Froerer family has quite a history in Ogden. They have also been one of Building Utah Youth's biggest supporters. Mason Froerer, son of Ryan and Tonya steps up to the mic with BUY board members Brett Johnston, Maesa Whitaker, Preston Gladwell and graduate Zen Anderson to talk about his experience.
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June 16, 2023 57 mins
The "OG" himself, one of the many behind the founding of Building Utah Youth, Mike Whitaker joins us to give a glimpse into his past, his influences along the way and how Rapport Leadership aided along the way. Mike is CEO and Operations Manager for Whitaker Construction Company, Inc. and father of BUY board member Maesa Whitaker.
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May 18, 2023 61 mins
BUY Board Member Dan Tanner is one remarkable individual! Learn more about him as he sits down with the team, Brett Johnston, JJ Chojnowski, Jeff Gaetano, Maesa Whitaker and more!
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May 7, 2023 61 mins
Dan Beatty is someone that has been a part of Building Utah Youth for a long time. Brett Johnston joins JJ Chojnowski, Jeff Gaetano, Preston Gladwell and Maesa Whitaker to chat with one of his best friends. The group is joined by Dan's daughter Ab and they both have quite a story to tell!
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April 6, 2023 51 mins
Bryndon Gambles, daughter of BUY Board Member JJ Chojnowski sits down for a chat with dad, Brett Johnston, Jeff Gaetano and the team.
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February 14, 2023 49 mins
Karson Kirby is inspirational in so many ways. He applied the skills he learned in his Building Utah Youth training and used it to propel himself financially by starting his own business!
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January 4, 2023 71 mins
He was and continues to be instrumental in the establishing and development of Building Utah Youth: Brett Johnston sits down at the mic in this episode to kick off Season 2 of The Empowering Youth Podcast with fellow board members JJ Chojnowski, Jeff Gaetano, Maesa Whittaker, and Preston Gladwell.
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December 13, 2022 80 mins
Fellow BUY Board Members, Jamie & Tucker Doak and their children McKlay and Rylan join Brett Johnston and JJ Chojnowski. They talk about their life before BUY, little Tuck and how our programs have helped them individually and as a family unit.
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November 7, 2022 66 mins
BUY Board Members including Brett Johnston and JJ Chojnowski interview members of the amazing Bonneville Soccer team.
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October 5, 2022 60 mins
Tim, Stacy, Colton, Preston and Parker have not only attended BUY or Rapport classes but have life experiences that relate to the special training they provide. Join Brett Johnston, JJ Chojnowski, Jeff Gaetano and Maesa Whittaker as we spend some time with this AMAZING family!
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September 28, 2022 70 mins
Abigail "Chuck" Robison jumps in the hot seat to talk about how Building Utah Youth has made a difference in her life.
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July 13, 2022 61 mins
BUY board members Brett Johnston and Maesa Whitaker sit down with Bret Lewis and his daughter Brooke to discuss how Building Utah Youth and the Rapport Program improved their lives.
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June 16, 2022 65 mins
Dax and Jaxden Beaudoin sit down with the BUY team to talk about the life-changing effects of the program. Any amazing story from yet another graduate that has taken what he has learned and made a difference!
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April 1, 2022 78 mins
It's teen Leadership Breakthrough graduate Janessa Coleman's turn to tell her amazing story! She's joined by BUY board members Brett Johnston, JJ Chojnowski, Rebecca Reeves, and Bradley Briggs.
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Brett Johnston spends time talking with BUY Board Member Jeff Gaetano, his wife Abbi, and Zen, Olivia and Dayne.
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January 16, 2022 76 mins
Brett Johnston, Jeff Gaetano and JJ Chojnowski are joined by Branson Yeager and Baylee Blanchard to talk about Branson's experience with Building Utah Youth.
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