Imagine yourself at the ripe age of 16. If you’re like me, you were living moment to moment but at least in the back of your mind you were thinking about graduation, college and what you wanted to “be when you grow up.” Many of the youth staying in our shelter care program can’t see that far ahead. After being passed around from foster care home to foster care home, long term means just thinking about where they will be staying the next month. The choices they can make are limited so why plan ahead?
Of course point of view has a lot to do with outlook and attitude. At Youth Services, we truly want to help the youth see a better future for themselves, to open their eyes to possibilities. And we are fortunate enough to have a longtime volunteer, William Salas, who is helping with this goal. He has set up a Speakers Bureau, bringing in politicians, sports celebrities and other public figures who have overcome the odds and who can share a bit of inspiration with the youth. Recently, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff came to speak to the youth. Here is a short clip from his visit:
Only with the help and support of the community can we fulfill our mission of making a positive difference in the lives of youth, one at a time.