March 2020

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 struggled with a breakup and was put on an involuntary psychiatric hold a few months ago. She continues to struggle with anxiety and is unable to relay her true feelings to her parents as she is often the messenger during divorce proceedings. She is grateful to the Youth Project for providing an outlet to express her true feelings and explore healthy coping methods. 
17 y/o struggles with depression and anxiety and experiences suicidal thoughts daily. The student has worked on coping skills for her depressive episodes and suicidal thoughts. The student is using journaling, mindfulness/breathing exercises, and continued risk assessments are in place to help keep student safe.
17 y/o female student is beginning to excel in her ability to trust her instincts regarding her strengths and has actively embraced several new friendships by practicing assertive communication. Student continues to practice friendship skills in her school and home environment by using techniques such as combating negative thoughts with affirming self-talk to help overcome previous bouts of withdrawal and social isolation.
The 9th grade support group has been working on managing heightened levels of anxiety connected to the wildfires, power outages, the Saugus school shooting, peer and family relationships, and expectations of grades. The students work on identifying and discussing stressors and self-care behaviors to manage their anxiety. The students have progressed with gaining more confidence and insight into their triggers and strengths.
The Youth Project is celebrating 20 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 37,000 families.  
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