Believing in me
YFC helped me at a time when I was having trouble fitting in. I felt that they took the time to hear me out when he never had any reason to, and it meant a lot to me. I caused my fair share of mischief from the age of 11, when we moved to Boissevain, until I was about 15 years old. I was then placed in foster care in Killarney, with a good family that finally taught me some of the values that I would need later in life.
Not all aspects of my life were in order, though. Unfortunately, I was suffering academically at this point, as I was now a young man in a new school with new people. At the age of 17, my social life had become more important to me than school, and I dropped out of school in June 1997. In the fall of 1997, I was placed in foster care in Brandon where I ended up getting two jobs and moving out on my own.
I went to the Back Alley one night with a friend that I met when I first moved to Brandon. I met a lot of the people that I hang out with today and friends that I’ve lost touch with that I still consider friends. We were all people that came from different backgrounds and the Back Alley gave us a place to go when sometimes there was no place to go, when things were so bad you could scream or cry out, and they heard us…..all of us.
In the time that I have been going to Youth for Christ and the Back Alley, I had talked with the workers on many occasions and received good advice. They even helped me get a few jobs, such as rebuilding houses after a tornado swept through a valley in Birmingham, Alabama, in the fall of 1997. It was volunteer work and it really left an impression on me with all the people that I met there, that pitched in to help at a time of need. It was a fascinating trip with absolutely beautiful scenery in which I spent 36 hours crammed into “The Suburban” with, at times, more than eight other people.
All in all, it was a really good experience and Youth for Christ has definitely influenced my life. YFC showed me that there really are good, caring people that will not just walk away but stop to find out how you really are, who you really are, offer friendship and if possible, some really good advice. Thank you for believing in me.