“Here, I learned to persevere.”

“My name is Angeline. Everyone calls me Ngee. I’m 21. I left school when I was 17. I couldn’t do it anymore. I was the oldest of nine kids, now ten. I helped out with the little ones. There was just my mom. I didn’t have a choice. I decided to take a break.

Then, I started coming to the 16-24 Zone. At the Zone, Dave had a positive impact on my life. Really. He showed me how to chase my dreams and follow my heart. Today, I’m getting my life back together. I’m a part-time Secondary 5 student, I’m working full-time and I’m pursuing my music and dance projects. I feel like I’m on the right track.

Thanks for giving me more opportunities. Listening to me. Supporting me. Just thanks.”

Many young people face serious problems at home, at school and in their neighbourhood. Others are simply trying to find themselves. No matter what their situation, they all risk feeling isolated, dropping out of school or worse. YMCA TeenZones provide a welcoming place where young people can just be themselves.



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