Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Letter to the Chamber of Commerce

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2019

Submitted by Youth Services Bureau

Dear Youth Supporter,

We hear so often, “well when I was a teenager this or that happened,” we can tell you that doesn’t help us as when we are trying to get through today. So we would like to take a few minutes of your time to share some of the things we young people are facing every day.

Depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety are huge issues with our age. Many are struggling with a bad relationships with their parents or families, add to that substance abuse, violence, and/or having a feeling no one really cares what happens to us. Even if there are young people who are fortunate to not have these issues, they are still facing so many things at such an early age, it is forcing them to make adult decisions before they understand the full impact of those decisions.

Too often we are left to find ways to address our issues with little to no supports. The agency also offers young people with leadership opportunities and ways to get involved with our community. But there is a place that provides programs and support to young people with issues the youth feel are important and in a way that encourages us to help take ownership of not only our actions but our future. The Youth Services Bureau provides a safe place for us to learn from our mistakes yet learn new ways to deal with the struggles we are facing.

The Youth Services Bureau offers programs like suicide prevention, Safe Place/Host Homes, school supplies, On Your Way Up, human trafficking prevention education, Teen Court, just to name a few. But they need your help in order to continue to meet the ever changing and increasing issues we are facing.

The agency’s “Making a Difference,” fund drive is underway and we are respectfully asking you to please support the Youth Services Bureau. Your donation to the agency is tax deductible but more importantly you will be showing us that we are important and there are adults who do care what happens to us.

We will be adults someday and will be receiving letters like this asking for a donation, we hope that we will remember how important the Youth Services Bureau was and will give generously. Thank you for your time and support.

Sincerely,

Charlie, Derek, Braydon and Kayden