By Sarah Sinda
It doesn’t take long to find tragedy and heartache in the lives of students in today’s world. In fact you don’t have to work closely with students to hear about painful outcomes in the lives of teens. The stories are all over the news and on social media outlets. Students dealing with depression, suicide, abuse, neglect and addiction. It seems that everyone has their opinions as to what the root cause is for the demise of the next generation… snowflake syndrome, fatherlessness, poor work ethic, microwave society, social media and the internet. One thing is for sure, they are hurting and searching for answers.
As someone who works with students every day, I have heard their cries for help. I have seen the pain in their eyes. I have sat with them and cried with them as they have shared their painful stories. It used to be that you could draw a clear line between the “haves” and “have-nots”. You used to be able to see that the “haves” not only had the material things but also the relational and emotional support they needed to be successful. And of course the “have-nots” struggled to find their physical, spiritual, emotional and relational needs met. However, this is no longer the case.
Today the line cannot be drawn so clearly. In fact, the more I work with students, the more I see that very few of them escape the teenage years unscathed by neglect, depression and deep pain.
Although we can argue all day about the why(s) of this trend, I would much rather spend my time being part of the solution to this epidemic. This generation needs our help.
They need support, love and someone to believe in them. They need a shoulder to cry on and a safe place to tell their story. They need people to care. This is why my husband and I have decided to step out and build a youth center here in St. Clair County. We believe in this generation and refuse to allow them to slip away!
Our dream for Legacy Youth Center is that it would be a safe place for students to have fun, connect with students, and grow to their full potential. They are gifted, incredible people that are looking for hope and authentic relationships. Many of them are starving for the attention and care of trusted adults. We can provide that! As a community, we can show them that we believe in them enough to invest in them…that we care enough to sacrifice our time, energy and finances to help them become all that they were created to be.
WE are the ones that have the responsibility to help them grow and mature. They are kids looking for someone to coach them and lead them to their destiny.
Will you join with us and make this possible? We cannot do this without YOU! It really does take a village to raise children and we are asking you to be part of that village. Right now we are about half way to our Phase 1 Goal of $70,000! We have seen generous donations help us get to this point but we are looking for others to join with us. Would you consider giving so we can reach this next generation? Any amount, large or small, helps us get closer to this goal. Let’s show these students that someone cares! They aren’t the future generation…they are the present generation and they need us! Let’s invest in them and show them we care!
If you are interested in hearing more about Legacy Youth Center or would like to invest your resources in the next generation, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our GoFund Me page at www.gofundme.com/legacy-youth-
Sarah Sinda grew up in the Port Huron area, graduated from Port Huron High School and loves the Blue Water Area. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for over 20 years and together they have four boys ages 17, 15, 13 and 11. She has worked with students 18 and under for the past 22 years and loves to be an encouraging voice in their lives. During those years she has also found her love of building and leading volunteer teams. She enjoys learning, applying and teaching leadership principles and believes that everyone is called to lead someone. She is passionate about helping people move past obstacles and reach their full potential. She believes that authenticity and vulnerability are launching pads for personal growth and important building blocks in healthy relationships. Recently Michael and Sarah have decided to build Legacy Youth Center so they can continue successfully reaching students through camps and other events. Sarah desires to invest everything she has into living her bravest life each day and invites you to do the same.
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