The power of positive: Helping youths help others

Speaker Anya Kandel works with Matt Stone, 13, of Atascadero, during a discussion Thursday of how youths can find fulfillment by serving others.

Kandel’s talk was part of a special conference called Igniting the Spark: Connecting to Hope, which drew about 150 teens and adults to the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.

The objective of the daylong event was to highlight positive experiences and qualities that help young people make good decisions and become caring, responsible adults.

The county Office of Education and other partners sponsored the event.