Making life choices
ONLY a year ago, young Brittney Sullivan from Calliope was on a path of self-destruction.
At 15 years old, her life was governed by severe bullying, which affected her self-confidence.
Brittney is now a leader who helps other young people with similar issues.
She was referred to Youth Insearch, and through the highly-respected program her life was turned around.
The peer-based program, focused on young people turning their disadvantage into advantage, helped Brittney take control of her life, make better choices and ultimately realise her full potential.
“Youth Insearch has given me the power of a smile; I see the positive outcome in bad situations,” she said.
Other locals have been referred to the program through local schools, agencies, friends and family.
Supported by the local Youth Insearch Community Co-ordinator Ben Lodewikus and assisted by a dedicated group of volunteers, young people are given the opportunity to draw on the experiences of their peers and establish new goals and directions in their lives, helping them to build a positive future for themselves.
Brittney is one of more than 30,000 young people from across Australia whom Youth Insearch has empowered to change their lives over the last 25 years.
Youth Insearch empowers young people to take control of their lives by giving them the opportunity and skills to develop their self-esteem and play a positive role in society.
Unfortunately, many young people are turned away through an excessive demand for the program in the Gladstone area.
Youth Insearch is looking for further community support and funding to allow more young people the opportunity to attend the program and turn their disadvantage into an advantage.
For more information head to http://www.youthinsearch.org.au/