Our young people share what they are thankful for over Thanksgiving dinner

Our Rights of Passage Program (ROP) provides a safe living environment where youth can learn key life skills and focus on their education, critical elements to breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness in young people.  

I had the pleasure at working on Thanksgiving at ROP. The kitchen prepared a fantastic meal of turkey, vegetables, stuffing and gravy. All the youth seemed really happy eating and the table was full of big smiles and chit chat.  

Another youth worker and I both causally asked for the youth’s attention in order to give thanks for things in our lives. I thanked the youth for the privilege of sharing this special holiday with them. The youth were welcome to give thanks too. A few youth shared what they were grateful for and the opportunity to go to school and get an education was a common theme. 

One stated, “I am thankful I finished high school!” This youth is the first in her family to complete high school. The other two youth said, “I am thankful I am in school”. I am so grateful to work with our amazing young people. 

Shared by a ROP Youth Worker