Where Are We Now - Emma, Meath

When I was 16 I got referred to YAP for many reasons, I wanted to drop out of school as I found the school work a big struggle and found myself being isolated. I felt like I didn’t fit in with anyone and the people I hung around with were not my friends. I only hung around with them to pass the school day. I had no confidence and felt “crap” about myself. I never wanted to leave the house or do anything. I just wanted to sit in my room all day watching TV.

I had a really bad anger problem and would always take things out on my mother and sisters. I was a violent/aggressive person who always blamed everyone for things. I felt like I was the black sheep in the family and that no one liked me. I hung around with a bad group and was doing inappropriate things. I was lying to my parents and was sneaking out of the house. I was going out with a boy who had criminal offences and who was not setting a good example to me...I finally stopped seeing everyone just to be with him. I had rows with my parents just because I wanted to be with him. I loved cars, dancing and music. I wanted more confidence and wanted to have a good life and to be on the right road.

When I was with YAP, I had a great advocate who I looked up to. Even the YAP staff were so friendly and bubbly and I always wanted to be like them. I was brought to the library and started to do some homework. My parents got advice from a teacher to have me tested to see if I had dyslexia...the results showed I had dyslexia. I got grinds and also got lots of help and support off the school.

YAP made a deal if I finished school with a good grade and continued to attend school that they would help me get my theory test done and also get a car. I finished school and got enough points to get into the course I wanted in college. I even passed my driving test and got a full licence at 17. From doing YAP it helped me decide what course I wanted which I am so grateful for.

They got me out of my house and got me to try new things. This helped me with my confidence and I feel like I am still shy but can be myself. I done dance classes and done football which made me feel great. I went to the cinema and was nice to have my advocate there to just talk about things that were on my mind.

I met some lovely people within YAP and am so happy I done YAP. If it wasn’t for their time and effort, God only knows where I would be now or what I would be doing. I am in 3rd year in college doing a social care course. At the weekends I work in Boots and also in a nightclub. I do volunteering and I try do as much training programmes as I can. I have first aid cert, and suicide intervention course done. I’m so close with my family now and I feel I am a much happier person. I am so thankful to YAP and they have made my life so much better, I have also made good relationships with the wonderful people in YAP. I am looking forward to the future.

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