We asked a few of our youth to share their experiences and how attending LCYC programs has benefitted them. Here is what a few of them had to say:
- What has changed for you as a result of attending LCYC programs?
“Attending LCYC and participating in the programs has changed my life in multiple ways. It has opened up my views of other people. I have made a lot of friends with other teens and the leaders. The youth centre offers a lot of opportunities for kids who come. I have examples. This past summer I didn’t get to go camping with my family. We usually go every year. When my family didn’t go, my LCYC family did. They took us camping for almost a school week’s length of time. The other example I have is this Christmas. This year my family made the decision to not put up the same type of tree. It was an electric tree. I love putting ornaments on the tree but I didn’t get to do that so I went to the centre and helped decorate the LCYC tree. Along with these, I love the impact that the LCYC peeps have had on me. They give up so much of their time for us, it is a blessing”.
“Attending LCYC has given me travel experience I never thought I would get and has allowed me to participate in activities I thought I could never do.”
“I am now more open with others about what I want, and I am not as afraid to say how I feel.”
“The biggest thing that has changed for me since attending LCYC is my newfound capability of leadership roles, responsibilities, and the chance to meet new people and experience new things.”
- What have you learned about yourself since attending LCYC programs?
“I have learned so much about my friendships and my future and how to take care of myself. I have learned that even some adults care about us teenagers long enough to see that we aren’t that bad and troublesome, for the most part. I have learned that friendship can happen with multiple, varying age differences. LCYC people have helped me prepare for my future plans and with the NOW factor as well. I have learned self-image tips and healthy relationship stuff. I know from attending LCYC is an amount I’ll NEVER be able to give back to the full”.
“I am not as anti-social as I thought I was. At LCYC, I feel like I can be open and be myself.”
“I have learned how much I enjoy talking to people!”
“Since attending LCYC, I have gotten to know myself much better through the positive feedback I have received and the learning experiences I have gone through. Attending LCYC has helped me a lot with my self-esteem and being happy overall. I thoroughly enjoy programs LCYC offers for youth in our community and I hope the programs will continue to be offered for youth to come.”
Story from past staff members:
“I wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work at the Youth Centre. In my first month of my practicum with the youth care worker program, I have learned a lot. I would not have discovered my passion for being a youth care worker if not for working at LCYC. So thank you for accepting me as a volunteer then hiring me as a program facilitator. I learned so much at the Youth Centre that I bring every day to my practicum and my classes”.