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YOUTH & TEENS IMPACT STORIES

DEAR FUTURE SELF

Dear Future Self, I am writing you this letter to inform you about the person that I am today and everything that I value. Throughout my life, I have been through personal struggles, depression, false hope, and much more, but it is those experiences that made me who I am today and the things that Continue Reading

IT MUST STOP!

My beautiful daughter Claire has been cyber bullied for over a year. I, as her mother, took action after the first occurrence and removed her from public school and put her in private school 45 minutes from home. Yes it has been a struggle but whatever it takes. The bully posted on Musically the first Continue Reading

MENTAL HEALTH IS JUST AS IMPORTANT

As a baby, my first born could only sleep on my chest or her fathers or she would cry hysterically. I didn’t know it at the time, but by age three she had night terrors.  Elementary school time was spent seeing bloody corpses in various corners of her room and closet. Letters moved around on Continue Reading

GROWING UP PANICKED

I’ve been told my story is dark. I’ve been told, “I need time to adjust to you.” I’ve seen what life looks like when you have zero self-worth and would give anything to have the pain stop. I was 27 years old when I came out about being sexually abused by my father from around Continue Reading

TRUTH OR DARE

It was  on a weekend when my cousin had to stay the night with me and my sisters. He was 16 and I was about 9. He slept in the living room with my brothers, then one night he came into my room and woke me up and asked if I wanted to play truth Continue Reading

I'M NOT WHAT THEY SAY I AM

So my story might not be a big one but it definitely hurt me. I remember only being in at least third or fourth grade and there was this bully who was a lot bigger than me. I was a short kid and I just said ¨hi, was it because of me saying hi at Continue Reading

DEAR BULLY

Dear Bully, What have I done wrong? Was it the way I dressed? My mom is poor and a single parent so I couldn’t afford new clothes. Was it the way I complimented you? I found myself ugly because I wasn’t a size two or have any really friends because I am a shy person Continue Reading

HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

 Let me start off by saying, I understand pain.  It sucks.  I know. But we have to keep on. I struggled with PTSD until I learned the key to overcoming it. FORGIVENESS.  If you had truly forgiven them then you wouldn’t struggle with it.  A small part of you still holds a grudge. You can’t Continue Reading

BULLY NO MORE!

BULLY NO MORE! MY STORY: Growing up, decades ago, on The Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York, I was severely bullied daily, by two sisters and their two younger brothers. They stuck lit punks in my face, cut off chunks of my long hair, threw me off my bike and broke my leg, and Continue Reading

I'M A FOSTER KID

I’m a foster kid. I have seven siblings and only three of them are biological.  The foster system did the one thing they swore they’d never do, split me and my two closest siblings up.  The other sibling I have only had the opportunity to meet twice.  I still love him just as strong. I’ve Continue Reading

MY DAUGHTER HAS SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER

Schizoaffective disorder is a complex combination of schizophrenia and mood disorders, and difficult to diagnose because of overlapping symptoms. Each child’s symptoms are unique and morph over time. A parent must recognize the symptoms and discover how to reduce their impact… and distinguish them from typical troubled child behavior. I raised a teenager with schizoaffective Continue Reading

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WE ARE SURVIVORS

My mother is a domestic violence survivor. Her ex-husband threw her down the stone stairs in the backyard. It was an hour before I found her. She could barely speak, her tongue was heavy, and she couldn’t move. I was SO anguished to see my mother suffer like this. My mother who always gives without Continue Reading

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SAVE A LIFE, STOP A BULLY

When I was in middle school nobody ever wanted to be my friend. At first it was okay because I was new to the school and needed time. It had been a while and people still didn’t really like me. Soon a group of girls started going out of their way to make me feel Continue Reading

BULLIED SONGWRITER

Because of some local notoriety that I’ve received growing up, I have been an easy target for bullying. I am a singer/songwriter/performer who travels around Wisconsin providing inspirational solo-concerts at many public and private events. Unfortunately, it’s popular and entertaining in school for kids (and some teachers) to openly NOT like me. I don’t have Continue Reading

SUCCESSFUL SURVIVOR

I feel that the story of my life could help so many others. I was a teen with no family, no husband, no high school education, and on public assistance after having a child at 16, one at 19, then one at 21.  I put myself through college and became a RN. I am now Continue Reading