Beyond The Surface.
The Real Life Stories of the Youth Project
The Youth Project is honored to work with so many brave teenagers, willing to share their lives with us. Each month, we’ll bring you firsthand accounts of pain, trauma and hope — from the teens themselves.
Here are a few of their stories.
16 y/o female- Student has recently found out that she is pregnant. She has decided to keep the child but is afraid to share this news with close friends. Student is currently working with her Youth Project counselor, to receive extra support and guidance.
13 y/o female – student is grieving the loss of her mother who passed away a few months ago. She is having trouble dealing with this situation and is working with the Youth Project to receive additional support and to learn new coping skills.
16 y/o male – student dealing with the aftermath of his girlfriend being sexually assaulted and his role in her healing. He struggles with loneliness, abandonment and slight depression.
15 y/o female – student is struggling with severe depression and an abusive father. She is afraid to be around her father and struggles with self-harm on a daily basis. Student says that meeting weekly with a Youth Project counselor has helped her develop healthy coping skills and realize the abuse is not her fault.
17 y/o male – student with autism, has had extreme difficulty coping with a recent break-up. Student feels a lot of anger, hurt, and confusion and is able to portray these feelings weekly through art therapy with his counselor. Student shared, “I feel much better. I love to draw and it has helped me a lot. I don’t feel as sad anymore.”
14 y/o male – student was referred for anger issues and not completing school work. Student stated he would never disclose what he was struggling with because he didn’t trust anyone. After a few months, he has built trust with his Youth Project counselor and now speaks openly about the negative relationship he has with his father and the anger he feels. They are working on coping skills and healthy communication.
The Youth Project is celebrating 13 years of successfully providing free services to teens in the Santa Clarita Valley. Since their doors opened in 2000, the Youth Project has assisted more than 33,000 local families, including 28,000 youth and 6,000 adults.
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