On Behalf of Amy

Amy with a few youth at our Wednesday program
Hey, I’m Wes!

I’m a youth that is involved with YU. I met Amy for the first time when I was 9 years old and I went to Nights Alive. For the next 3 years after that, Amy constantly said hi every Friday night and she never stopped. I never really understood why, but a few years ago I realized that she cares - she really cares and it’s amazing! And all I did was run and play games. A few years later, at the age of 14, I began to speak more and Amy and I began hanging out a lot. We soon became closer than before and now she is like family to me.

I have always been the last person to be picked and never really liked by many people. When I was introduced to YU my life was completely changed and it was amazing.

Amy is literally a life saver. May was a really rough month and she saved my life. Amy has helped me through so, so much and I am eternally grateful! I do not know what I would do if I hadn’t met her when I was 9 - I believe I would not be here today.

I have been involved with YU for years now and last year I helped with the program Street Life, which was similar to Nights Alive, but held outside and we had our own trailer with video games. How awesome! :)

I volunteer because I love it; I love helping people out that could be in a similar position to where I was when I was their age. I want them to feel safe and be able to talk to older role models and be able to trust them.

I mostly just want them to know they are loved and that they are worth it.

In the past year I have slowly been learning that I am good enough. The illness I have is deceiving my mind but I am so lucky to have Amy to help with it all! Thank God he put her in my life :)

YU has a huge part of my heart and I hope to become a youth worker too!

You should all come check out Creative and Spiritual Life which is on Wednesdays!

- Wes

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