Q:
How old are you?
A:
20.
Q:
Explain some of the reasons why you left home?
A:
The main reason I left home is because I can’t live with my mom, I even tried to go back to go try and live with her again and we just got in a big argument with her boy friend I got into a fight and they asked me to leave and I haven’t talk to her since, this time it was a month ago but last time it was like 3 years before I talked to her and, yeah.
Q:
Have you ever lived on the street?
A:
I was on the street for 3 years.
Q:
Just in Seattle?
A:
Yeah, just in Seattle.
Q:
What was the hardest thing about it for you; living on the street?
A:
Finding a place to sleep. And dealing with the drama every day, that’s the big thing right there. Drama, there is so much drama up in Seattle.
Q:
Like what?
A:
Boy friends and girl friends arguing, friends flashing at each other, um, people just, over stupid shit, my bad, over certain stuff, just over a dog, over this or that, just over fighting.
Q:
How did you heard about YouthCare?
A:
I accualy was living with this guy up on Capital Hill and his friend was a teacher up at Alyskan building and I asked if I could go to school, and they were like, we’re all full here, but here is the Orion Center. And I came found it and, basically I found it thought the Alaskan center down town. Been here ever since.
Q:
Now, these next couple questions are about present time stuff. What kind of goals are you working toward now?
A:
Right now I going into the Navy, in November and I want to be a Navy Seal; actually I want to be a Navy Seal drill sergeant. And I think that you know that any homeless kid, anybody can have a chance if they allowed themselves to. They could do anteing they put their minds to and kids just don’t realize that, they need to try harder. Recognize there homeless, they need to work harder then someone who has a home. Ya know, when we go out and look for jobs we have to look harder cause were not to up to date as everybody else. Say I applied for this job her and you applied for this job as we are right now you would have a better chance then I would, cause you have a home, and address, a phone, ya know things, I don’t have. It’s harder to get a job as a homeless kid then it is for a person with a job.
Q:
True, um, where do you think you’d be if you hadn’t get involved with YouthCare?
A:
Where do I think I’d be if I hadn’t, I’d probably be in shelters, jail I’d be doing harder drugs probably.
Q:
What YouthCare services or programs are you using or have you used.
A:
I’ve used TREC, is the landing through YouthCare, I graduated from here and got my high school diploma, I’ve used the drop in center, I don’t right now, but I um, there are a lot of services that I use here. I’ve worked at the work-in-zone. Shelters wise, I’ve never stayed at any shelters at YouthCare.
Q:
What program would you say has helped you the most?
A:
School. Cause they were able to get me my high school diploma, even thought I was told that I wouldn’t be able to get it. Cause I was told, I can’t go back to that school and try to graduate, I mean I could go back to um, Rainier high school and try and graduate but I had a book that was lost, and I couldn’t get my diploma until I had that and Jena worked it through our and they paid my bill for um, the school paid for my bill for my book so they could get my transcripts out here.
Q:
These next two are pretty much just heading for the future? What goals are you working towards now, Navy Seal was one, what else.
A:
Navy Seals, and basically raising a family and retiring, raising some kids and retiring.
Q:
Where would you like to be in five years?
A:
Five years from now I would like to be traveling the world with the Navy. Seeing different parts of the world. I mean they’re flying me to Chicago next soon, that’s were their boot camp is.
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NN4Y

DATE

March 18, 2009

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