The world has gone crazy. I look around every day and wonder where the community went that I loved so much. Unemployment, crime and drug use is out of control. People who are supposed to be helping the afflicted are uncaring and self-serving. Statistically speaking, generational poverty is at an all-time high and the youth that come from these families usually fall into the same cycle as their predecessors. Then there are those chosen people who rise above expectations and go on to do wonderful things. If you talk to those people, most will tell you that a person of influence changed their lives. I want to be that one person.
I plan on graduating with my Bachelor of Social Work in 2016. My plan is to work as a life coach for at-risk youth. I hope that I can find a grant to open an outreach center for troubled teens that would offer counseling, after school programs, free vocational and money management classes and basically a place where kids can go to be supported in a positive environment. If I am unable to open the center, I would like to work with local school districts to implement more after-school programs to get kids whose families may not be able to afford sports.
Our kids need a foundation. Changing one teen at a time will create one more stable adult to become a productive member of society. Over time, that will slowly transform our population and put more responsible and stable members into our neighborhoods.