Q:
Why did you leave home?
A:
I left home because like I was tired of rules, um and I don’t really like to abide by rules because I was a hardheaded person, I didn’t really like to listen to anybody else. I felt like I could do what I wanted. Which, like you know what I’m saying, I was fed up. Plus also I was tired of doing everything around the house. Like, my mom she was working and she didn’t clean up to, and my brother was worken, but he wouldn’t do shit. But I got tired of it. And I never went back home; I was like, for real. Pretty much I just got tired of the whole thing, other people just being lazy. I was like doing everyone’s work, cause I didn’t have no job at the time.
Q:
Did you ever live on the streets?
A:
I lived on the streets for like, two years off and on. Be out here for a couple months, then I’d go back home, yes I went back, stay there for a couple weeks, and I was like traveling back and fourth cause I would like still come here sometimes. I would never leave; I would just keep coming back here, or the shelter.
Q:
What was the hardest part about living on the street?
A:
Nighttime, when some of the shelters aren’t open. It’s like, kinda like being a lost soul trying to find where to go, where to lay you head down at night time. How you gana wake up, how you gana start your day off wearing the same cloths, barely being able to take showers. Waiting for like teen feed and stuff to open. It sucked, but it was a choice I made, to stay out there, on my own.
Q:
How did you end up hearing about YouthCare?
A:
I heard about YouthCare, I’ve been coming here for about 3, 3.5 years now. I heard about YouthCare from my cousin and one of my ex-girl friends that I had a couple years ago actually. I was staying out at Greenlake and they were like “lets go catch bus, and go down to the Orion Center” and I was like, what’s that? Cause I heard somebody while I was in the park talking about it. Found out, and like came down here, it was cool, cause they had a school. Like my ex-girl friend and my cousin came down here. I was introduced to my case manager, who is still my case manager.
Q:
So you were in foster care before?
A:
I was in foster care when I was about 17 years old.
Q:
Nice, um, these next couple questions are about the present time. What goals are you working wards?
A:
My goals are getting a steady job like 20 or 40-hour job, and getting to complete my GED, or my high school diploma at Shoreline, attending- the CEO program. Actually trying to like, live in my own place, which, course that’s difficult. Finally work on getting me a bank account, cause I am a money spender, I love spending cash. Money is the rouge of all evil; that’s why I get rid of it. Um, a woman, a right woman, one of those ones who’s got it going for her self. Ya know has her head, which holds a job, maintains school, smart. That’s what I want.
Q:
How has YouthCare helped you?
A:
They help me like a lot, they help me they would tell me something, but I wouldn’t listen to it, but I would always keep it in my head. It got me this far, it got me housing, my case manager, sister, all the other case managers in here, I wouldn’t be there. I wouldn’t have had work at home job, my baresta job, I wouldn’t have heard of all of this if it wasn’t for YouthCare, I would still be out there on my own like, some of the other, like youth, who I do feel sorry for. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be who I am to day. I wouldn’t be boxing, I probably be using weapons or something to fight.
Q:
Where do you think you would have been right now, if you hadn’t gotten involved in YouthCare?
A:
I would sill probably be out there, out on the streets, out and about, roaming the streets sleeping on busses, squatting, doing drugs, I probably would have had like, AIDS, std’s, I’d be a nasty person. And I wouldn’t have known about the 45th street clinic at all
Q:
What YouthCare programs are you using, or have you used, and what one do you like the best?
A:
Orion Center helped me the most, and I would say passages, in between kinda. Orion center helped me a lot, just hella. All the staff help me and they even see me doing good for myself. That’s why they’re always like, “Robert your doing good, ya know what I’m saying.” That even makes me proud; it’s encouraging for me and makes me what to do more better for myself.
Q:
Ok, these are all geared toward the future
A:
Yep.
Q:
What are the main goals that you’re working toward for the future?
A:
One of the main goals is like, getting a business license. I want to own my own business, my own detail business; car detailing. And, getting probably like married, 7 years from now, having 2 children, two beautiful children, in my own house, that I buy for myself. Something that I’m working towards, well I ‘am workein toward the house, well apartment. And what I said to the, one of the other questions was that I want a REAL woman.
Q:
Last question, where would you like to be in 5 years, where do you see yourself?
A:
5 years I see myself, probably, actually no, not probably, WILL, see myself in a business suit sitting behind that desk doing paperwork. Making sales, washing cars, doing everything; things that I always wanted. I would like to have, and for me to strive for those is what I want, and I just gata work hard toward getting it cause anything worth having is worth working hard for.
AUTHOR

NN4Y

DATE

March 18, 2009

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