"I've had the honor of being able to get to hear the stories, meet and interact with the families and advocate on behalf of many of these youth."
As the Youth Program Coordinator at City Hope Community, I help coordinate the day to day operations and events for the programs that involve our youth (8th grade - young adult) and our After School Program students (2nd grade - 12th grade). Outside of these, the specific duties of my position can vary depending on the needs of our students and their families. Long before I joined the staff team, City Hope had already been doing some incredible work with the youth in Clarkston that have been tagged as "trouble-makers". Through my position, I've had the honor of being able to get to hear the stories, meet and interact with the families and advocate on behalf of many of these youth. While I've heard many sources call these youth, "our kids", "a menace", "hopeless", etc-- and I do understand their concern-- I've also seen how kind, generous, diligent and responsible they can be when given the opportunity to serve. I could go on and on with examples about how I've seen this in action---but the point is that in her final stage Lulu would function as another opportunity for these types of youth to serve with the added buffer of financial, education, and social support.