Genesis’ journey brings her to the Youth Healing Team

Genesis Sanchez is the Youth Healing Team’s newest intern. We asked her to share her journey with us here:

I started training at Hopeworks in February of last year. I was working at McDonalds and trying to find a way out of all the negativity in my life. I thought dropping out of school was the best decision I could make, because I thought it would help remove stress and take weight off my shoulders. I had a lot going on at home and in school I just could not handle all of the stress.  When a friend called me one morning before work, I cried and said I wish I could go back to school. I’m miserable working here. Then my wish came true. 

My friend said there’s a program I just started at a place called Hopeworks. He told me,“they gave me a tour, and they made me feel so welcomed. No other program has ever made me feel equal.” That very day, I got on the bus and went in for a tour. As soon as I entered Hopeworks, there was nothing but good vibes, bright smiles, and a genuine welcome from everyone.” On that day, I was able to get started training! Being at Hopeworks was great, I was so happy, I was thriving,  I went to classes everyday, and I even set up goals. Then suddenly a dark cloud rained over me and I lost my motivation. Things at home started to get worse, and every day I just felt down, depressed, and very stressed. Again, I gave up on myself. I didn’t believe in myself anymore. I did what many youth do, I ran away. I guess I ran away because I was not used to people caring about me, I wasn’t used to someone trying to help me become the best me. 

I returned to Hopeworks about 7 months later and it was the best decision I ever made. My goals were to get my H.S. diploma and to make sure I got an internship at Hopeworks. It is actually my proudest achievement to return to Hopeworks. Because since coming back, every day my life is changing for the better. 

Where am I now? I finished the training and I’m finally an intern for my dream job, which is working with the Youth Healing Team. I am also currently still in the process of getting my high school diploma. You may be wondering what Hopeworks means to me, and all I can honestly say is that Hopeworks means home.

One thing I would love to say to Hopeworks is,” I really appreciate everything you guys have done for me.  Without your support I don’t think I’d be where I am right now.” I get great support, and I can definitely say Hopeworks is like a big happy family. Hopeworks comes with lots of opportunities for young people which is great.

Written By: Genesis, second from left in photo.
Genesis’ journey brings her to the Youth Healing Team