Closing the bokk on violence
Growing up as the youngest of eight children in the public-housing complex of Alexandra Park did not make the easiest start for Sari Davis. And getting involved with the wrong crowd made that journey dangerous. Fortunately, our Youth Services helped her find her way.
Sari was introduced to St. Stephen’s as one of the first participants of REPLAY, our alternative education program. She also found support and friendship through our Youth Arcade drop-in and Venus, our young women’s group.
“This place has been a life-saver. The staff opened my eyes and helped me see what my problems were and more importantly, why. That’s the reason I jumped at the chance to work with the Youth Anti-Violence Project.”
Young people involved with the Project are creating a resource guide that will help at-risk youth make healthier choices. As a peer leader in the project, Sari helps other participants, not only by sharing her own experiences but also sharing how she copes.
“The Project is a chance for me to prevent others from getting caught up in violence like I did. If I can help just one person, I can turn my bad experiences into something good.”