July 1, 2014 – Newsletter Article
Working with youth who are in such a tender place in life can be one of the most challenging tasks. Though they may have their personal moments of difficulty, the most common challenge is the expectancy of a quick-solution from those who don’t work with our youth. Most expect our youth to “clean up,” and put their lives together quickly and easily. The questions and pressure of moving our youth forward swiftly is where the strain and struggle lies. Our youth have come from places deficient in more than just food, more than just money, more than just poor hygienic care. It takes more than one solution to move them forward. Not only this, but it takes time. These are lives we work with, not math equations. There is no one-size-fits-all to raising and helping our youth. Some things may work for some, and not for others. Many times our youth take 5 steps forward, 3 steps back. These are lives and individuals that have been hurt, abandoned, emotionally abused, or have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. One job will not “fix” this, one meal will not stop this, one bus pass will not heal these traumatic experiences. It is like the gears of a clock, it takes multiple shifting gears to keep moving forward, and the only one to instigate that forward motion, is the youth themselves. It needs to start from within. Sometimes our youth aren’t ready yet, but when they are we are here and ready to put the gears in motion.
We have so many youth getting jobs and becoming so proud of themselves, and we are thrilled to see this growth. They have never taken pride in anything, this achievement is huge, and we are so excited for their future!!!