The VYG has helped me in many ways, with family, I have received support regarding my health but the one I want to share with you is my Education. I was in the VYG but I didn't really listen to the advise that was given, I would prioritise my friends, and going out instead of my education so I was pretty much failing. I knew why I had to study but I didn't have the drive. Someone from the VYG spoke to me personally and share tips on how they became successful. I listened to the advise given and I started to do what needed to be done which was get my prioritise straight. In high school I was predicted all Grade Ds, Es, Fs but I left with As & Bs and 2 Cs. I then went to college with the same advise that was given and studied L3 extended diploma health & social care which I was awarded D*D*D*. Now I attend my first choice Uni and I'm studying to become a midwife.
Being in the VYG has motivated me and given me that drive to become successful in life. From failing to becoming the top in everything is something I never thought I could achieve.
I have received help from the VYG in various ways. I was a depressed youth during secondary school due to traumas I experiences growing up. I was very angry and constantly down. This led me to not do well when it came to my GCSE's but it also affected my health and relationships with those around me as I would push them away. I didn't see the point in life & at many times felt as if I was wasting time being alive. Although it sounds so cliché as its heard a lot, but I truly was happy on the outside but I was a mess on the inside. I knew it, but didn't know what to do about it. When I was invited to the VYG it was to a drama performance and during the message at the end, I felt like it was directed for me because it was so relatable. Coming to the VYG showed me that there is a way out and a way to overcome. Now I'm not depressed or contemplating/attempting to end my life.