David describes the programme as being a door opener to a life in freedom.
Fourteen years ago, David, 17-year old, was an outsider, a violent teenager involved with drugs and alcohol. One day, his father picked him up from the police station where they saw an advertisement from Youth at Risk. David decided to attend the programme. During the course, he discovered that he was a valuable person, intelligent and articulated.
After the programme he struggled with staying out of trouble and resisting hanging out with the wrong crowd. His Youth at Risk coach helped him to keep away from trouble. Thanks to the support structure, David started to realize that he could be in control of his life, acknowledge his emotions and experience a deep sense of achievement.
He succeeded to gradually give up his addiction to alcohol and to turn around his life. The tools which impacted most his behaviour have been the ability to forgive himself and others as well as the management of his anger.
Today he is a man who accepts his emotions while knowing how to deal with them. He is happy and lives with the support of his friends and family. He attributes his current, satisfying way of life to the time spent with Youth at Risk. He definitely recommends the programme, especially to young offenders and to teenagers in foster care who want to live in freedom.