“I’ve learned a whole lot. I’m very goal driven and strong minded. When I see something, I go for it. My table has a big heart. They embrace me for who I am. It’s more than mentoring, it’s about community support.”
-young man after a year on a table
In a meeting with police officers and criminal justice officials, I heard someone talking about the gun violence in our city. He said, "They have no fear of death, so they have no hope in life."
Our impact is about giving young people who were previously alone--permanent social support. We aren't trying to connect and create communities that are only going to last a year. We are looking to create lasting support. We are ending loneliness and isolation in the lives of young people (many of whom are parents). We believe that being seen and heard is the first step in building trust and hope that their adult life can be different than their difficult childhood.
We want to see intergenerational cycles of poverty and abuse broken. We believe our work is prevention and intervention because what we do involves creating relationships that are the safety nets that will catch young people when they fall.