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Striving For Permanence - Stories of Youth In and From Care

Striving For Permanence - Stories of Youth In and From Care

Meet five BC youth who have lived in foster care, aged out of care or have been adopted. These courageous youth share their stories because they believe that all youth living in care deserve permanent connections in their lives that will continue after they turn 19. 

This powerful  film is  a  youth-led  project  by  the  Speak-Out  Youth  Group and the  group  scripted, filmed and edited the  video. 

Check it out:

Gay... What does it really mean?

Gay... What does it really mean?

Merriam-Webster tells us it is...

1a:  happily excited : merry <in a gay mood>
b:    keenly alive and exuberant : having or inducing high spirits <a bird's gay spring song>
2a:  bright, lively <gay sunny meadows>
b:    brilliant in color
3a:  given to social pleasures; also : licentious
4a:  homosexual <gay men>
b:    of, relating to, or used by homosexuals <the gay rights movement> <a gay bar>

Inspiring art created by our youth

Inspiring art created by our youth

Enjoy the art below all of which was created by our young people in our Crisis Program who have given us permission to share. What inspiring images! 

Art created by a young person

A selection of youth art work  

"I deeply appreciate the support you have all given me" - A young man gives thanks

"I deeply appreciate the support you have all given me" - A young man gives thanks

Dear Covenant House,

In six days from now, I finally move into my new home. I have to say, I wouldn’t have made it this far without all of you. I want to take the time to thank every one of you for the help you’ve given me to get this far, so thanks. Now I understand I wasn’t the easiest person to deal with when I was in house, and I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but I deeply appreciate the support you have all given me to get where I am today. I’ll check in with you all once in a while to see how everyone is doing, thanks!

I can't thank you guys enough...

I can't thank you guys enough...

Sharing two letters of thanks from our young people:

1. A  thank you  to our  volunteers  from a  youth.
youth letter thanking volunteers 

2. Sister Nancy Brown arrived at work the other day and found this lovely note taped to her door.  

Youth thank you letter

Hidden Beauty - youth artwork with a statement from artist

Hidden Beauty - youth artwork with a statement from artist

"They say that Tigers are one of the most beautiful animals on Earth; the way it's fur stays rich with color and way that it hunts, and uses it's skills to survive.  Yet in the same breath, they say that Tigers are one of the most dangerous animals; their fierce roar, sharp claws and a jaw that can break your bones.  Even though the Tiger has it's negative and scary characteristics, we still call it beautiful...Because it is how we see the Tiger.  Just like life, if you view it in such a negative way, where you are afraid, and unsure then you

A poem created by one of our young people

A poem created by one of our young people

There's the yellow paper
I put my name, the date, my intake.
Then circle my present endeavor.
But before I continue there they are
The the three boxes asking for something clear
My 3 strengths..please enter them here.
I stare at them blankly as if not to understand
its something so simple, though I can't comprehend

How can it be so difficult to find within myself
What makes me strong.
Not to be low but am I to whom my strengths belong?

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