Every Thanksgiving, my family will try and cook a new dish. Last year we tried a cranberry number, the year before a pumpkin roll. This family tradition is one of my favorites not because we always have a great turn out– often the kitchen ends up full of smoke and something catches on fire — but because no matter what happened the year before, we work together enjoying our triumphs and move past our mistakes.
This important life lesson is emphasized at Youth EmployAbility Services (YES) with our customers. Case Managers often have clients who have burnt themselves and made some mistakes in their lives, but want to try something different. The YES program offers them tools and trainings which prepare them to move forward.
Jesus Lopez, a YES client, said he wouldn’t be where he is today without the YES program. He said he wanted to make a change in his life and YES has helped him become successful. Through the YES program Lopez has achieved his High School Diploma, two internships, employment, and is now attending classes at Salt Lake Community College.
Jesus could have just given up when things were hard, but he learned to take a hard experience and turn it around into a positive one. We all face challenges and sometimes we need someone to help us get through them. Whether it be help finding a job as a young adult or talking to a therapist to heal from a difficult experience, Youth Services is here for you.
So when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or in my family’s case, if life gives you burned pumpkin rolls, try another recipe!