My last entry in this section was about the uncertainty of part time work. I am excited to say that I have moved out of that uncertainty into the wonderful and stress free experience of full time work! Ha! It's definitely not stress free and the uncertainty is still there, but mainly due to my over cautious personality.
I am still working with one of the organizations that I have been employed at for a year now, I have just stepped into a full time role as a Youth Outreach Worker. This position is challenging and full of mystery. Every day is different as our goal is to find isolated youth and support them to reach their goals. The way we do this work is by hearing the youth and what their needs are, giving them all the options they have and then supporting them with the decisions they make. That could mean that we are helping a youth move out of home and into a shelter/group home. It could mean that we are helping them apply for work so that they can support themselves. It could mean that we are helping them navigate difficult family relationships. The most important thing is that we let them make their own choices and we don't pressure them to make what we think is the right choice.
I am excited to write more about the stories that I may have throughout this work. I will change details most likely as to protect those I am working with, and will commit to never revealing personal identifying information.
I hope you will follow along!