I Need Help, but I’m Scared to Ask

I Need Help, but I’m Scared to Ask

Dear Youth Ambassadors,

I am an 18 year old that goes to Hogan High.  I’ve recently discovered that I am a drug addict.  I use any drug that’ll give me a mellow feeling besides crack, coke or heroin.  I need help, but I’m scared to ask.  I’ve lately been sipping lean and smoking kush.  I love the high but I hate the feeling after. I know it’s not healthy, but I can’t help it.  I could use some suggestions or support to motivate me to quit.  My parents kicked me out when they found out I was an addict.  I’ve tried to reach out for help but I’ve gotten no response.

Sincerely,

I Need Help, but I’m Scared to Ask


Dear I Need Help, but I’m Scared to Ask,

I’m sorry to hear what you are going through. You should know that asking for help is not something to be scared of. It actually takes a lot of courage. The first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging it. This means that you’re already a step ahead, because you’ve done that. I think that you should try going to your parents and telling them that you want to stop and get help. See if they will help you with this and work through your issues. But you have to be fully committed to getting better for yourself first.

Sincerely,

Your Youth Ambassadors’ Friend

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16 and Seen A Lot

16 and Seen A Lot

Dear Youth Ambassadors,

I am an okay person. I just make mistakes from time to time. I believe that I can do great things, but I’m just so lazy. I always think if I had a better support system I would be better. My dad kept me separated from him because of my step moms, leaving my mama with two kids at a young age. My pops left when I was one, and my sister was two. Once my pops left, I remember multiple times being the dirty kid in school with no clothes to wear or place to sleep sometimes at night, even being at a house with no heat or electricity.  I’ve been through real struggles seeing family members treat you wrong, to even having to see my mama cry at night about money.  I’m only 16, and I’ve seen a lot, and I have a lot of anger built up inside of me. I never know how to handle it.  What would you do if you were in my life’s situation?

Sincerely,

16 and Seen A Lot


Dear 16 and Seen A Lot,

I was once in your life struggle but at a younger age. My mom was on drugs, there was barely food in the house, and I barely went to school. How did I handle my anger? I’m not gonna lie – it took me four years to know how to handle it. I started getting involved with school WAY more, I had counseling, I opened up to my family more on why I was so angry, I joined a sport and other activities as well, and I got in a wonderful program called Youth Ambassadors. Maybe you have to do some of these things just so you can help your anger. But do what makes you feel comfortable, so you can be a better you.

Tell me how your journey goes!

Sincerely,

Your Youth Ambassadors Friend

Pregnant By Her Brother-in-Law

Pregnant By Her Brother-in-Law

Dear Youth Ambassadors,

A friend is currently pregnant by her brother-in-law, and can’t tell her mom. She is in 11th grade, heading to 12th in the fall.  Besides being pregnant, she wants to get a gender swap.  She really believes that she was made to be a boy and not a girl. She wants to get rid of the baby, but her mom wants to keep the child. The two of them had a falling out, and my friend is now living with another family member. About three days ago she asked if I would go with her to get an abortion. She wasn’t going to tell her mom and was going to go during school. I don’t know what to do. I want her to have the baby, but I don’t want her to be upset with me also. I also want to go with her, so she is not alone at that place. Please tell me what to do!

Sincerely,

Pregnant By Her Brother-in-Law


Dear Pregnant By Her Brother-in-Law,

You’re really a good friend for staying with her. Congratulations to her for her pregnancy and trying to find herself. Keep being by her side. I think you should talk to your friend about this situation. Be honest but nice. Also listen to her and tell her she should really talk to her mother, because she’s gonna need support and love in these two life changing events.

“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.”- Maya Angelou

Write back, good luck!

Sincerely,

A Friend and Fellow Ambassador

He Says He’s Not Guilty & That’s Not True

He Says He’s Not Guilty & That’s Not True

Dear Youth Ambassadors,

I have a sexual abuse problem. When my cousin was 24, my sisters and I were 11, 11, and 16. He started to touch us. It all started in 2013 and it ended in 2015. My stepmom found out first. She didn’t want me to tell my brothers. It was scary being there when she came back. I didn’t even want to look at her because she had found out. My cousins didn’t come back the day my stepmom found out. We didn’t tell my daddy because he worked with him. We hid it from him for 3 days. Then on Sunday after Church he found out. He wanted to run out of the room, scream, and yell. But we wouldn’t let him. All he did was cry. It’s one doctor appointment, court date, talk, and thing after another. There’s another court date coming up in 2 months. My cousin says he’s not guilty and that it’s not true. What should I do?

Sincerely,

He Says He’s Not Guilty & That’s Not True


Dear He Says He’s Not Guilty & That’s Not True,

I am sorry that you had to go through all these horrible things. I think you should tell the truth. Everything will be better when there are people that help you. Telling the truth will also help solve this big problem. No one should do those horrible things that have happened to you. It may feel badly that someone in your family has been doing all these things to you, but he has to be punished for those things. Just remember that when anything bad happens to you or anyone you know, ask someone for help. Let the authorities know, because everything will be so much better when you know you are safe.

Sincerely,

Your Classmate


Dear He Says He’s Not Guilty & That’s Not True,

I’ve been in a situation like yours. I imagine it’s discouraging and self-deprecating. Your cousin is a disgusting person, and I hope you get the justice you deserve. Your cousin says he is not guilty, so if you want people to know the truth I would say talk about it. I know it may be uncomfortable, but I would tell you and your sisters to tell everyone what happened. If you keep it inside there may not be any evidence against your cousin. I hope you never have to see your cousin again, and that you and your family will heal from this occurrence. I assume that being in these situations can sometimes be scary or embarrassing, but I’m glad your family members finally found out, and you were able to get help. Don’t keep what happened to you inside. Let it be known.

Sincerely,

The Boss