Making better choices
When Jenade first arrived at our Verulam Family Home, he was a teenager with a challenging attitude. ‘My way was being a rebel and going against everything, but I was wrong,’ he explains.
‘Girls & Boys Town taught me that not everything is about being top dog and that if you strive to succeed, you can change your life.’
Jenade has also realised that friends – and people in general – can be a positive or negative influence.
However, your own behaviour is a choice. ‘I appreciate that people have helped me become a better person. I’m leaving at the end of the year and I won’t forget what I’ve learned,’ adds Jenade.
‘I am truly grateful to the team at Girls & Boys Town. Thanks a million!’ Jenade has learned valuable lessons at Girls & Boys Town – and skills that will serve him well for the rest of his life.
It was hard to believe that quiet, reserved Lenny had stolen, run
Initially he did well at Girls & Boys Town and soon earned
Lenny is learning from his mistakes and his grandmother
Lenny will succeed if he allows himself to benefit from the facilities and programmes at Girls & Boys Town.
Anton came to Girls & Boys Town with his older brothers in 2004, after their mother received a prison sentence for fraud.
Their father needed help after the boys’ relationship with their
He has strong leadership qualities and has risen in the Peer Group
His willingness to keep trying and work hard has paid off. He has
He wants to be the best he can be. His mother was recently released from prison. The challenge now is to rebuild Anton’s family
Mike and Syd (YDCT)
These brothers have had more than their fair share of emotional
After a holiday with their foster parents, they felt anxious about the
Then their biological father made contact after years of absence. The
They visited dad (who was staying with their sister) and were happy
Sadly, the boys were not treated well and dad left after an argument with their sister. The emotional upheaval has been difficult for the boys.
Despite this, Mike’s a Councillor and continues to do his best. He’s received awards for his schoolwork and was recognised for his excellent efforts at a Toast Masters’ leadership course.
Relationship problems with her mother, bunking school, drinking
Changing her school and having regular contact with her teachers has proved to be beneficial.
The tragic death of her young nephew in a car accident earlier this
Time and support has seen Melanie progress well – and her relationship with her mother has also improved.
Earlier this year, Melanie was part of a youth tour and travelled to
Nkosi came to us in 2006 as a result of uncontrollable behaviour,
Excessive childhood trauma had led to a ‘don’t care’ attitude and he
Girls & Boys Town involved Nkosi’s family in their efforts and planning, which has lead to an improvement in his behaviour.
When he was transferred to a technical high school this year, he
Nkosi’s attitude has taken a huge turn for the good. He is now doing
His circumstances at home have also improved tremendously. His
Nkosi has become a caring youngster and he now helps new