“I appreciate everything you have done for me and giving me a second chance” - Zane
When Zane* was a teenager he was in and out of the juvenile justice system. He was using drugs and struggled to stay in school.
He came to Youth Off The Streets and his future was uncertain.
Father Riley and the Youth Off The Streets team stuck up for Zane during the court processes, providing support and advocacy. He entered Youth off the Streets’ Dunlea Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service and took charge of his addiction.
Life has turned around for Zane and he is now giving back to the community.
He has just finished his first year studying psychiatric nursing. He passed all his exams and is receiving glowing reports for his work on placement in psychiatric wards.
On the wards, he’s been working with patients who are living with schizophrenia, depression and other forms of psychosis. It was confronting at first but he quickly learned how to connect with the patients. He says, “I’m really doing very well and gain a great deal of satisfaction from being able to help others.”
Youth Off The Streets changed his life. In his words, “the program gave me life again and the opportunity to be able to try and help others.” He found the strength in himself to pull through and he’s committed to working in the community and helping others.
Zane says, “I know that life is good and that I have a lot to give.” He’s now planning a career specialising in supporting people dealing with drug and alcohol misuse.
*Name changed for privacy reasons
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