With All My Heart...

Our youth-run young adults group
As many of you know, Youth Unlimited partners with local schools in the area they are working in order to provide extra support for students. One of the benefits of being partnered with schools is that we get to be there during school hours and sometimes have the opportunity to do presentations in classes.

One of the presentations that we have the opportunity to do, that we are often asked to come back and present year after year, is a presentation about choices we make in our everyday lives. We give students the opportunity to answer questions anonymously by writing their answer on a sheet of paper. We show a few different video clips throughout the presentation while they write down their answers, then collect all of their answers into a container and share them with the class.

What is your biggest problem you are facing today?

Every youth answers this question in a different way.

“I don’t know what to do about my faith. One of my parents is Christian and the other is Catholic. I am worried I’ll disappoint them.”

“My father passed away two weeks ago and I don’t know how to deal with it.”

“I’m waiting for test results to come back that will tell me if I have cancer or not.”

“I don’t know how to manage my two jobs, and school, to help support my family.”

“I’m afraid of staying second best, second love, second choice, second daughter.”

These are a few things that we read out loud to the class. Every
individual person has a story.

What are you afraid of?

This question is asked twice during the presentation. The first time we usually get basic answers -
“clowns”, “spiders”, “cats”, or “the future”.

But what makes your stomach tie itself into knots? What keeps you awake at night? What makes you anxious when you think about it?

“I am afraid my friends will leave me when they find out I have anxiety.”

“I’m having suicidal thoughts and I don’t know how to deal with them.”

“I am thinking of killing myself. I am hanging on by a thread.”

But perfect love casts out fear…

One of the movie clips we show ends with the quote - “I hope that the world turns and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you. I love you. With all my heart, I love you.”

What a great opportunity to tell youth that we love them! Not only that we love them, but that we are willing to back up these words with actions. We get to tell them that we believe in them, and that we know that they have potential. This is where some of our relationships start; with a
presentation that preaches of unconditional love.

- Amy Seiler 


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