Our Second Stories
Stories of young people who connected with our programs, got the support they needed, and began writing their Second Stories. (Unless otherwise specified, names and identifying details have been changed to protect privacy.)
Listen to the Second Stories Podcast
The Second Stories podcast is dedicated to telling stories of people who had first stories full of hardship and hopelessness, yet were able to change the narrative and write their own second story. Their stories of resilience and hope, but also tributes to the people and experiences and organizations that made it possible for them to start again.
Yvonne’s Second Story
Often, we meet a young person like Yvonne after a setback causes a ripple event and ultimately leads to a different and more dangerous path. By stepping in at these critical turning points, we can provide much-needed support so all the young people in our community have the chance to overcome setbacks and grow and thrive.
Learn how Second Story connected Stephanie with resources so she could provide a safe and stable home for her children--and re-write her second story.
Marc’s Second Story
Marc began coming to one of Second Story’s Safe Youth Projects because he liked the field trips and receiving help with his schoolwork. Once he trusted his program coordinator, he revealed to her that his family was experiencing homeless. Our staff sprung into action to come around his family and help them find housing and other support.
Wesley’s Second Story
We have seen a profound increase in youth applying to be part of Second Story for Homeless Youth like "Wesley" this season. Your support helps us ensure they have the support they seek.
Lisa’s Second Story
When her parents found out she was pregnant Lisa was kicked out of her house and became homeless. Since finding Second Story she is working, taking parenting classes, and attending therapy! Our staff are so proud of how far she has come!
Jessie’s Second Story
Jessie was adopted from foster care with her two younger siblings when she was in elementary school after suffering abuse from her biological mother. She came to Second Story for Teens in Crisis to help her thrive in her new adoptive family.
Wuilmer’s Second Story
Wuilmer thought he would have to drop out of school to support himself after he became homeless. With Second Story's help he grew his savings, graduated high school, and became the manager at his job.
Bethany’s Second Story
Bethany had an unstable home life that threatened to jeopardize her future. With our help, she's now on track to graduate with her Bachelor's degree in engineering!
Cam’s Second Story
Cam learned resume writing, interview skills, and public speaking at the Teen Center to prepare for one of his major goals: to find a job. After all their hard work, the program manager was thrilled when she got some exciting news from him one day.
Celene’s Second Story
Celene's life changed forever when she moved away from home to live with her father who she didn't know very well. After Celene's anxieties became all-consuming she came to stay with Second Story for Teens in Crisis.
Natazja’s Second Story
Natazja was struggling with her new role as a parent but she wanted to be a good mother for her baby. Learn how Second Story for Young Mothers helped Natazja with motherhood.
Shannon’s Second Story
After hearing her family use hurtful language about the LGBTQ+ community, home became a hard place for LGBTQ+ youth like Shannon. Struggling with her sexual identity, Shannon came to Second Story to find herself and a way to be comfortable with her family.
Mateo’s Second Story
With a new remote reality, youth like "Mateo" are navigating what this new normal will look like -- sometimes with personal and family challenges. With rent due, cut hours, and funding gaps, we are not only working harder to ensure that youth needs are met but also their family.
Ashley’s Second Story
Even with the added hurdles presented by this past year, many of the youth in our programs, like “Ashley,” are still achieving some of their biggest goals!