10 Years Strong – Because of RY!
An email “thank you letter” we received from a young woman who took RY in high school — ten years ago!
“I participated in the Reconnecting Youth Program … during the 2001-2002 school year. A decade later I still think often of this program and how it affected the course my life has taken since. I consider myself lucky to have been selected to participate in this program and wanted to tell others how it really did change my life. If an instructor or school is trying to decide if investing the time and money into a program like this is worth it, well I was worth it and so are the other students out there who need a little extra!
I was depressed and just going through the motions in life. I started skipping school and my grades dropped, causing tensions with my parents. I was … in counseling, and had even been hospitalized at one point because they feared I would try to commit suicide. RY got through to me, where all others had failed.
The year I participated in this program, I walked away with a 3.7 GPA. I believe having individualized attention from the instructor and a core group of peers to support me made a huge difference. The skills I learned are still in use a decade later. Social networking has given me the ability to connect with others from my program and so many have become happy successful adults. I can’t imagine what life would have been like for me if RY hadn’t played a part and I hope this program will still be going strong when I have children of my own.”