Local Nonprofit Strengthens Families
CHARLOTT, N.C.- Raising teenagers can be difficult. It took years of struggling for one local family before they could find success. Once they did it made a big difference.
Melinda struggled with her 16 year old son Dylan for many years. She said he was being disrespectful and fighting in school. Dylan says he was just being a typical teenage, "She was at witts-end with me and we were just ready to go at each other."
Mom finally reached out to Youth Villages for help. Family Counselor Ms. Jay says it's her job to be a support system for the family, "Typically, what I see is a sense of hopelessness from the parents. There's a lot of things that do go on in their family's system with their children and they really don't know where to turn."
Dylan says it changed his life, "She showed me that I actually have to think before I do stuff like not just react to it and do it my way."
Assistant Director Bethany Gremel says Youth Villages helps children and families grow together, "Our approach is really built upon restoring the family unit and the community surrounding that family. So that the child can have the best chance of success in their home."
Without support from the community, Ms. Jay says she wouldn't be able to help so many families, "We partner with communities, we partner with other resources in the community to help those families so that they're not as stressed with things that have to happen with the holidays."
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