Oct 01, 2014
Youth Voices – In Their Own Words
Last year our Oak Grove shelter in
Vancouver, Washington served 342 youth between the ages of 12 and 17. That’s 342
times our shelter was the only safe place for these youth, providing them refuge
from the streets. One anonymous youth wrote this essay for other youth coming
to Oak Grove. They allowed us to share it here.
need of help
For all who don’t know who I am well I
am a foster kid just like you! I am 16 and my biological mother is a drug
addict and I have been in and out of foster care but the 3 years I've been in
11 different homes this past year, it’s not fun at all to be moving every other
day it really isn't.
So listen I know how you feel, you feel
upset, angry, hurt, alone, scared, mad, even wanting to die. I know I feel all
of those everyday but wanting to die isn't gonna solve your problems. I learned
that the hard way and I know when people will tell you that ‘it’s going to be
okay’ or ‘it’s gonna get better’ You think or say ‘No it's not you don’t know me
or my life’ but hey it just might.
Let people help you and parent you,
don’t fight it, it will only bring you more trouble and less people in your
I’m saying this because I've done this.
I know how hard it is for some of you who have parents who have either
abandoned you or have used drugs or even did both. I know how you feel ‘Why doesn't my parent or parents care about me?!’
You may love and or hate the State for
taking you away from that situation but you are better off with the State then
getting hurt every day and night.
I’m always telling the state people
and my social worker I hate them and they don’t know me but what they've read
in my file and that I can’t wait till they’re out of my life but they are just
looking out for me.
You may not like it but take advantage
of it. Life is what you make of it, you can choose to stay and make it the best
or you can run and move from place to place.
But in the end it’s your life you can
choose whether or not to get back up.
These things you should always
remember in life are:
are Beautiful / Handsome
are smart and intelligent
let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game’
can be anything you wanna be if you put your mind to it
better than your parents or where you came from!
Lastly, Be a kid enjoy it while it lasts, don’t
grow up so fast and be grown so enjoy it while it lasts cause I didn’t but good
luck, hope this helped you.