Robby Borders

Smile, You are Beautiful! 

Along with our partners at the Summit County Suicide Prevention Coalition, The Speedy Foundation was incredibly honored to help contribute towards Robby Border's "Smile, You are Beautiful!" campaign at Park City High School in Spring 2015. Donations to TSF provided the SYAB dog tags to all members of the student body at the end of the year assembly. The challenge given to all members of the community was to take photos of their dog tags with a special someone, something or a place that is important to them and post to social media with the hashtag #worthlivingfor. We are proud of you Robby for sharing your story, your struggle and starting conversations about suicide prevention. 

You can help Robby achieve his mission to eliminate suicide by sharing positive messages and offering hope to all around. Funds raised will go towards purchasing SYAB dog-tags & sticker, posters, and travel expenses for Robby's advocacy and awareness work. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

Notes of Hope

On September 10, 2016, TSF was honored to help Robby coordinate Notes of Hope, an event to advocate for suicide prevention by lining the streets of Park City with kind words on World Suicide Prevention Day. We started off with a sign making party and breakfast, provided by Einsteins Bros. Bagels, and then spent the afternoon sharing our signs with the people of Park City. Through generous donations, we were able to produce 750 stickers for Robby to distribute as support for his 'Smile, You are Beautiful' campaign. 

"My name is Robby Borders and I have been bullied and felt suicidal. I hold a sign that says “smile, you are beautiful” for 7-9 hours a day to show other people that they are beautiful no matter what happens in life or what they go through. The reason why I am asking for people to help is because suicide is number 1 in Utah and September 10th is Suicide Awareness Day. My plan is to get over 200 people to help and go from Main Street to Kimball Junction by holding a sign that will make someone’s day like for example I believe in you, keep being you, be yourself, smile you are beautiful and so on. September 10th is a Saturday and it will be from 11-2."

Smile, You are Beautiful
Poem by Katie Pack

3 simple words "I forgive you" is all he said to those who hurt him. 
He was 3 years old when it all began.
"You should kill yourself" "you're ugly" "I hate you." 
5th grade, his life was threatened. 
"I'm going to kill you" "watch out, I'm coming for you" 
He lived for years in fear. 
Followed by a man of hate. 
Messing with his mind to instill permanent psychological problems. 
Fear was the definition of his mind. 
His strength relied on his friend. 
"If you're ever having a hard day or feel low, smile you are beautiful." 
It was the strength he needed. 
But his friend passed away. 
Suicide. 
A darkened world took hold of his withered heart. 
Smile, you are beautiful. 
Smile, you are beautiful. 
This phrase rang notes of hope through his bones. 
He went out to make a difference. 
Holding a sign that read "smile, you are beautiful!" 
In freezing weather he stood. 
Holding his sign. 
People noticed, people smiled. 
He was slowly making people's day, saving life's. 
Suicide rates dropped 3% because of his simple act of kindness. 
Even though he had every reason to hate, he never let that consume him. 
Love was more powerful, his heart was so large. 
Kindness goes far, he taught me that lesson. 
No matter what happens, no matter the trial. 
You can change lives with the simplest of things. 
So smile, you are beautiful and go change a life, like Robby changed mine.


Park City Television - Park City, UT - Sept. 3, 2016 - Robby Borders | Smile, You Are Beautiful

Park City local, Robby Borders, works to help people recognize the beauty in themselves and their lives.

Park City High student Robby Borders was recognized for the work he has been doing in our community in recent months. Robbie has been holding a sign along various Park City roads that says, Smile You Are Beautiful. Inspired by Robby's message of hope Robby has been holding a sign along various Park City roads that says, Smile You Are Beautiful. Inspired by Robby's message of hope, The LIA class has assisted The Summit County Suicide Prevention Coalition in developing a suicide awareness campaign for students and adults in our community. Suicide is now the number one cause of death for youth in ages ten to seventeen. Summit County Health Department, in collaboration with the Speedy Foundation, has donated funds to the coalition to pay for the student suicide prevention project. Students have designed dog tag necklaces that play off of Robby's Smile You Are Beautiful campaign. The message is SYAB and includes the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1 (800) 273-TALK. All Park City High School students will receive a necklace at the conclusion of the assembly and be instructed to take photos of their dog tags with a special someone, something or a place that is important to them and post to social media with the hashtag #worthlivingfor. For more information on suicide prevention contact: Gerri Essen at the Summit County Health Department. Suicide is now the number one cause of death for youth in ages ten to seventeen. Summit County Health Department, in collaboration with the Speedy Foundation, has donated funds to the coalition to pay for the student suicide prevention project. The message is SYAB and includes the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1 (800) 273-TALK. All Park City High School students will receive a necklace at the conclusion of the assembly and be instructed to take photos of their dog tags with a special someone, something or a place that is important to them and post to social media with the hashtag #worthlivingfor.

PCTV - Park City, UT - Feb. 10, 2017 | Robby Borders Interview

Joe Davis sat down with Robby Borders to talk on the very serious subject of suicide, self worth and overall encouragement. You can find out more about Robby's work through his Smile project and see him in an upcoming event in Boise, ID.

TEDxYouth@ParkCity - Park City, UT - June 3, 2016 - Robby Borders | Smile, You Are Beautiful

Robby has been impacted by bullying and suicide. His experiences have motivated him to display a positive message on a sign that he holds on the street for anyone passing by.

Robby is a graduate of Park City High School in Park City, Utah. He was born with ectrodactyly, a congenital disorder which left him with 4 fingers on each hand and two toes on each foot. He also lost his hearing due to the disorder.

Robby Borders was born in Park City, Utah. He has just graduated high school and will soon be attending college. Growing up, Robby was bullied and felt as if he didn't fit in. Over the summer at a Young Life camp, Robbie met a boy named Devin. Devin made an impact on Robby's life. He taught Robby how to smile no matter what was coming your way. Devin later decided to take his own life. Robby has been spreading his message ever since.