How many people can say they wake up every day with a sense of purpose? I can! Every day is different being a Youth Outreach Worker for Lutheran Social Service of MN.
I wake up with excitement knowing I will have opportunities to connect with youth. You see, I grew up in an abusive home and spent many years in the foster care system. I know what it’s like to feel lost, confused and lonely. I relate so well with the young people who come into The REACH Drop-In Center, a place for young people who are either at risk for or experiencing homelessness to receive non-judgmental support and assistance. Whether they need help finding a job, an apartment, or getting connected with other programs and or agencies in the Mankato area, we are here to provide support.
When I was their age, I wanted so badly to feel accepted and I wanted people to believe in me. I had this massive void inside me that was invisible to those I came into contact with, but I felt it to my very core. Deep within my soul I wanted someone to say, “I’m sorry that happened to you. You matter and I BELIEVE in you. No matter how many mistakes you make, you will always be accepted and loved.”
I truly believe this is why I’m so passionate about supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. I love building positive relationships with young people and encouraging them. I believe their dreams are important.
The REACH provides a safe space to allow young people to heal, learn, laugh and grow. I have the opportunity to motivate youth, teach them leadership skills and get them involved in advocacy efforts for youth services across the state. There’s nothing better than being a Youth Outreach Worker!
About the Author:
Tasha Moulton serves as a Youth Outreach Worker for The REACH Youth Outreach Center in Mankato, a place for at-risk youth to get the support and help they need to get back on their feet. Interested in learning more about the program and ways you can support their services? Visit: www.lssmn.org/TheREACH/.