In a world where we hear so much about increased connectivity, most of the youth we support suffer from disconnection. Disconnection from positive adult role models and supportive peers. Disconnection from loving families. Disconnection from jobs, resources, and opportunities. And yes, disconnection from the technologies so essential for navigating this increasingly connected world.
“Stephanie,” like so many of the individuals we work with, reached out because she was experiencing disconnection and hopelessness. After living in a shelter for almost three months with her two daughters, she worried they’d never have the chance to move on and live in a place of their own.
Once connected with Second Story for Homeless Youth, Stephanie worked with staff members to find housing. After she secured a safe place to live, our staff worked with Stephanie to hone employment skills, edit her resume, and help her apply to jobs. She landed a well-paying position, and over time continued to improve her skills and ultimately found an even better paying job in the same field. After a little over a year in our program, Stephanie was able to maintain her finances, pay the rent, and achieve her goal of providing a safe and stable home for her children. We are so proud of Stephanie.