Fed up with bad news, me-first, abuse, exploitation, discrimination, hate-crime seen in some of our community, social media, press and politics?
We just want to give a shout out for young people who inspire us #LivingTheirBestLives
Details are confidential but every day it's our privilege to 'walk alongside' young people who despite huge challenges role-model great grit, determination & passion to do the best they can for others, for their neighbours or family, for their community – to be the best they can #LivingTheirBestLives
Here are just a few [some names changed for privacy] examples:
Adrian – determined to take control of his life, now really engaged in his learning, not allowing his special needs or difficult family life to stop him.
Becky – a previous resident [see her full story HERE] who was street homeless and running out of hope… BUT has opened her second fashion shop!
Charlie – after being street homeless, now manages a local shop and is a force for good in his neighbourhood, standing against anti-social behaviour.
Donna – went 'off the rails' [her words] into crime & drugs after seeing domestic violence against her mum... pregnant at 17 and in an abusive relationship. Now happily married with 3 children she wants to give back as a youth worker helping other families avoid the adverse experiences she suffered..
Elliot – failed to engage in education until his last year of schooling – when he came to the YMCA: which motivated & empowered him to start learning as a young adult. Just started his construction apprenticeship. [His foster parents are over the moon as they could only watch helplessly as he seemed to be destined for a sad life of crime & prison.]
Before the 2019 general election we asked people to:
- Register to vote [if aged 16 or above]
- Read the YMCAs Manifesto [links below] for Young People #LivingTheirBestLives
- Send it to local candidates asking them to read it & pledge to support it
- Pledge your support for our YMCA Manifesto for Young People on social media **
- Share it with family, friends & colleagues
Will you pledge YOUR SUPPORT so all young people can be living their best lives?
** please copy and paste this post to social media
I support @YMCAEng_Wales manifesto #LivingTheirBestLives
to create a new era for #youngpeople this #GeneralElection2019
ymca.org.uk/election | www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/inspired | @WestKentYMCA