Sam is a shy young man who first started coming to the Youth Resiliency Center about six months ago. He met Synergy’s Street Outreach team at the apartment complex where he and his family live. Synergy’s Outreach team provides regular transportation to the YRC for the young people who live in this complex. Sam immigrated to this country from Africa just a few years ago. He has seen a lot in his 18 years. He saw his home country torn apart by war and all the horrors that accompany it. Sam lost his mother in the war and came to this country to live with family members who had immigrated earlier. His transition to this country has not been easy. He has had a difficult time making connections with people in school. His bashful nature and language barriers have made it difficult for him to make friends. Life in his home also has many challenges. There’s not always food around and there is not money for other necessities.
Sam started coming to the YRC because it’s a fun place to hang out, but it’s turned out to be much more for him. While here he plays basketball and pool but has also created very expressive artwork and has been involved in classes in our recording studio. Sam is able to eat meals here and also take food home to his family. We’re able to help him with clothing and hygiene items that otherwise he may not be able to have. Sam has visited our clinic and has received needed medical care. The YRC staff are helping Sam get ready for living independently and have partnered with his school counselor to make sure he is receiving the resources he needs from school also. He hopes to enter an independent living program once he graduates from High School this year. Perhaps the best thing at the YRC for Sam is the relationships he’s building. Sam has really bonded with some of the staff here but more importantly, he has made friends among the other youth that come to the YRC. Sam is the very picture of resiliency; it seems like the YRC was designed just to help a young man like him. With your help we’ll be able to continue to help him and many other youth in our community.
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