I reckon I was with Mission for Youth at just the right time in my life. I didn’t know where I was going or what I was supposed to be doing, and had nothing to look forward to. I wasn’t showing up at school, and was getting into trouble with my mates during the day. Home life was hard too – there was a lot of family drama.
When I started at Mission for Youth I didn’t say more than a few words to anyone for ages. The staff were patient, and together we figured out what I wanted in life. They did a lot of work with me, and my family, helping sort out personal issues too. I stopped getting into trouble, and found my confidence.
I was really interested in joining the army, but I thought it was an impossible dream. The staff showed me I could do it, and helped me create a plan to get the right school credits. I gradually achieved everything I needed to join, but after a lot of thinking I realised I wanted something different for my future. I got a job at Pak’n Save, and managed to move up the ranks till I even had staff working under me. For the last couple of years I’ve been doing landscaping, and I’m working hard to buy enough tools to go out on my own.
Looking back, I don’t know where I’d be now if I hadn’t joined Mission for Youth. It really helped me find my direction, and realise I can achieve the things I want in life.