I grew up in a rural area outside of Hamilton and was introduced to Liberty for Youth in the spring of 2020 through Foster Brown and his work with the Prodigal Sons. As I learned more about LFY and after reading Frederick’s book ‘Running for Their Lives’ I was inspired by the passion and determination in each of the team members to make a difference in the lives of youth today. When the opportunity came up to join the Youth Council I was very excited and ready to jump on board.
In 2020, I graduated from Redeemer University where I majored in Clinical Psychology and minored in Sociology. Some of my major areas of interest were sports psychology, positive psychology and the psychology of spirituality. I am looking forward to being able to use my educational background as well as my interests and passions to learn how we can continue to help youth in the world today.
My role on the youth council will be to research and provide a better understanding of the effects the COVID pandemic has had on some of the key issues that youth experience in the area of mental health. Mental health is an ever-growing issue in our world today as we are experiencing some of the highest rates of mental illness than ever before. I want to understand what goes on in the youth’s life today in terms of their mental health. Where are they struggling? Where are they succeeding? How does this impact them in their personal lives, educational lives and work lives? I want to be able to help identify where the issues lie, what are some potential solutions and how Liberty for Youth can help contribute to healing in these areas.