2010 Long LogoFebruary 2015

yes to youth
Beyond The Surface.
The Real Life Stories of the Youth Project

The Youth Project is honored to work with so many brave teenagers, willing to share their lives with us.  Each month, we'll bring you firsthand accounts of pain, trauma and hope -- from the teens themselves. Here are a few of their stories.

15 y/o female - student began seeing her Youth Project counselor to gain coping skills for her extreme anxiety.  She struggled with becoming physically uncomfortable in any type of group setting including classrooms.  She has gained many coping skills which the student now wishes to put into practice.  At the start of this semester joined a group for counseling services.  She is ready try the new skills she has learned in this new setting.

12 y/o male - student is struggling with being taken away from his mother.  The student is working with his Youth Project counselor to gain coping skills to deal with his living situation.  The young boy desperately wants to live with mom and was recently told that he may have a different father than the man he always thought to be his dad.  The student is now concerned his living arrangements will be uprooted again if it is determined his "family" is not his biological family.  All this stress from home is drastically affecting the student's school performance.

15 y/o female - student is struggling to accept her female body.  She feels trapped in her physical appearance as internally she feels male.  Her family's culture is unaccepting of her transgender feelings and she feels a lack of support.  She has shared with her Youth Project counselor that she desperately wants to come out and finally be who she is, but is concerned with the backlash she will receive from her family and those she loves the most.

Individuals in a junior high girls' issues group have shared with their Youth Project counselor that they want to spend the semester discussing the hardships that have come along with their parent's divorce and separation.  Many young girls have shared they do not know how to show support to both mom and dad without making one parent feel left out.  They are also hoping to gain skills to help them deal with new relationships their parents bring into their lives. 

14 y/o male - student struggles with grades and motivation.  Upon working with student, he has shared he has a strained relationship with dad and new girlfriend, and her kids.  He has stated he does not want to repair that relationship, but remains open to discussing it and realizes it is probably impacting his school work.
16 y/o female - student struggles with high anxiety.  She has stated she is very uncomfortable with new situations, and wants to work on remaining calm and more confident.  Student is also dealing with the loss of her father, and the change in family dynamic.
The Youth Project is celebrating 15 years of successfully providing free services to teens in the Santa Clarita Valley. Since their doors opened in 2000, the Youth Project has assisted more than 33,000 local families, including 29,000 youth and 6,000 adults.   
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