Throughout high school, Tara struggled with issues of self-esteem and confidence.
She felt like she could not live up to her family’s expectations and sometimes experienced feelings of insecurity with peers. Going to school was an emotional challenge as she worked to meet the expectations she felt others had of her. It led to anxiety and depression. At times, the intense feelings made it challenging for her to get out of bed and significantly impacted her ability to focus or be interested in learning at school.
Such experiences can greatly affect a youth’s ability to graduate high school. High school completion is a key indicator of future life success and a pathway out of poverty. Tara’s situation was putting her at risk of becoming another statistic: one in five high school students in Edmonton does not graduate due to barriers such as the ones Tara faced. People who don’t graduate high school often live with low-income or in poverty.
A member of the All in for Youth (AIFY) team noticed Tara was struggling and reached out to see how she was doing. As a result, Tara was connected with various AIFY supports that helped her learn the skills she needed to overcome her personal and academic challenges. “The (All in for Youth) people believed in me for a reason, so I’m using that to work hard,” she notes. “They have helped so many students, not just individually, but they are helping the community as a whole.” Tara graduated high school in June and is working now full-time. She is planning to go to post-secondary school in the fall, and is currently exploring which field she wants to go into. Because of the dramatic impact the AIFY staff had, she is considering a career in social work.
“They have helped so many students, not just individually, but they are helping the community as a whole.”
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