“Jim” found himself at a critical turning point in his young life.
In some ways he felt proud. So far, he had managed to hide the fact that he was living on his own from his high school classmates.
On the other hand, he was overwhelmed. He worked full time to afford the necessities. Avoiding homelessness and supporting himself seemed more important than school, so Jim considered dropping out. He confided in a friend, who told him about Second Story.
When Jim entered Second Story for Homeless Youth, he quickly realized he didn’t have to choose between work and school. With a little help, he found and moved into stable housing and started receiving support that allowed him to focus more on his school work. He learned it was okay to ask for help and he didn’t have to hide his struggles. The academic successes followed quickly after.
First, Jim aced a project in his math class. His teacher was so impressed, she shared his work with the entire grade. Teachers and other students noticed his new academic focus and provided lots of positive feedback. One of his art projects was selected to be framed and showcased in his school’s main office. When his case worker from Second Story visited him at school, Jim couldn’t help but show her his featured artwork. She saw in Jim a new sense of pride and confidence. Not only did Jim stay in school, but he thrived.
Second Story for Homeless Youth provides housing, counseling, and life skills support so that young people are equipped to fulfill their potential and become self-sufficient adults. In Jim’s situation, the support allowed him to stay in school and experience achievements that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Jim is now able to focus on reaching his full potential, paving the way for a successful adulthood.
“Jim’s” name, image, and identifying details have been changed to protect privacy.