Some days it’s difficult to dream. We’ve all experienced those days. Each young person is on their own individual journey, and where it will take them can’t be predicted. No matter what the young person goes on to do in their lives, they will take something with them that will benefit them in ways we cannot even imagine. I say this because I am an example of one of them.
Hardship is something I’ve always known my whole life. Growing up, I didn’t always understand why certain things happened. Going through the Crosscare Youth service from the age of 13 onwards helped me massively. The support and knowledge poured into me helped shape a part of who I am today.
A lot has happened with being unemployed, going through homelessness, experiencing a pandemic, loneliness, and so much more. Crosscare was there. It has always been a dream to give back and contribute one day, and this inspired my activism, degree, and personal development.
With my lived experiences, current studies and awareness of different social justice issues in society, I truly believe Crosscare is something special to society. I hope to do my best to represent diversity and inclusion for the children and youth in Irish society and share their hopes and aspirations. I hope to be as good as other youth workers. I look forward to developing supportive relationships with young people and staff and being a part of opening their eyes to new experiences and increasing confidence, ambition, and empathy.