Finding an Outlet for Greater Freedom: Sam's Story of Transformation

In a world where potential often lies dormant, Sam's story stands as a testament to the transformative power of personalized therapy and dedicated support. At Youth Encounter, we believe that everyone possesses incredible potential, waiting to be unleashed and embraced. Sam's journey with us is a shining example of this belief in action.

Sam, an 18-year-old rangatahi, faced numerous challenges before joining Youth Encounter. From struggles with anger management to substance abuse, disengagement from education, and excessive gaming, his life was clouded by obstacles that hindered his well-being and growth. However, during Term 1 of 2024, Sam embarked on a transformative journey with Youth Encounter's 1-on-1 Therapy program.

This unique Therapy programme, consisting of eight personalized activity sessions integrated with counselling, was tailored to address Sam's specific challenges and foster positive changes in his life. Guided by the principles of Youth Encounter theory of change, called our Live Life Wide Open Kaupapa, Sam's journey unfolded with a focus on connection, responsibility, direction, and growth. Sam was also supported by one of our mentors who connected with him twice a week to journey alongside Sam in his Therapy transformation.

Throughout the therapy programme, Sam experienced profound transformations. By the end of the term, he reported a newfound sense of calmness - a stark contrast to his previous struggles with anger and substance use. Sam credited the program directly, acknowledging its profound impact on reshaping his personality and outlook.

A pivotal aspect of Sam's journey was his engagement in dirt bike riding, which served as a positive outlet for his energy and engaged him in constructive activities outside of his usual environment. Through this hands-on approach, Sam not only discovered new passions but also developed valuable skills that contributed to his personal growth and well-being.

Sam's success story is a testament to the potential for transformation and growth, even amidst significant challenges. With continued dedication and support from Youth Encounter, he is on a path towards unleashing his full potential and leading a more fulfilling life.

Sam's journey exemplifies the holistic approach of Youth Encounter's Therapy program, which integrates the principles of the Live Life Wide Open framework. Through personalized support, meaningful activities, and a commitment to holistic well-being, we guide our youth towards a future filled with purpose, passion, and promise.

As Sam continues his journey of a more secure identity and empowerment, he embodies the belief that everyone possesses incredible potential, waiting to be unleashed and embraced. Together, let's celebrate Sam's successes and continue to support young individuals like him on their path towards a brighter future.

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How has Youth Encounter changed/impacted your life?

"I've never been this calm before, I'm used to being angry all the time at people and things. The dirt bike riding helped because it gets me out of the house and doing something positive"


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