Word on the street: Ki


Sayers Family (Rick, Ashley, and Vincent)
Speak-Out Youth Newsletter #2

Interview with a youth services provider.

Who are you?

My name is Ki Speer.

What do you do?

I am a Youth and Development worker at Purpose Society. I provide one-on-one support with youth ages 13 to 18, as well as their parents. I provide counselling, basic needs, and life skills for kids living independently.

How long have you been doing this?

I have been doing this for seven years.

What are some of the barriers in working with the youth?

Some of the barriers are earning trust with the youth. It takes time to build trust. Also, a big barrier is getting in touch with the youth. Some have no phones, and some have no money or phone. It makes it pretty difficult.

What are some commonalities between the youth?

The commonalities are they all have needs, they all have struggles, and they all have goals.

What are some successes?

Some of the successes are graduation from high school, getting jobs, overcoming addiction, taking care of themselves, and creating more positive connections in the community.

Do you have any advice to give at risk youth?

"You are not alone, and there is someone here to help you." (-Rick Sayers)

Ki was thinking, and Rick just popped out this advice so she said I could use Rick's quote, since his advice is really good advice.

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