Montoya, 21, said he hopes to further his education.
"Before I go to school, I want to know what jobs are out there to see what I want to do as a career … I want to enjoy what I do."
By mid-afternoon, Montoya and Strain had picked up résumé-making tips and felt optimistic about the future.
"If you want to get a job, you can get a job," Montoya said, "You look for it. That's how it works."
Along with several tables featuring prospective employers such as Home Depot and Boondocks, former Jazz player Thurl Bailey was on hand to address the youth about team-building and motivation.
Later, the fair offered a workshop on "How to Avoid Falling in Love With a Jerk/Jerkette."
LYFE program specialist Julia Story said the session contained valuable information for teens and 20-somethings struggling to strike a balance in life.
"We understand that sometimes your personal life can get in the way of your professional life," Story said.
West Valley City resident Skyler Westerman, 18, said the job fair helped ease the funk that sets in after several weeks of looking for work.
"It's upped my spirits a little bit."
To learn more about the LYFE program, contact Angie Madsen at 801-468-0115 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.