I am not good at writing nor do I enjoy it. I remember the day another youth was leaving and was writing to Venture how it has helped. I also remember thinking how pathetic that was!

But here I am thanking the people and the program. Just goes to show how much I have changed. I look back now at the first two or three months. It was the hardest time of my life but there was always someone there who was sincere, who would help me. D, for one, is probably one of the most amazing people ever. She at first was my counselor but now she’s my friend; always there for me even if I had treated her like dirt. N; always had a funny comment when I was complaining. G, I could never win an argument with, he honestly amazes me. All these things are what I needed to get where I am today.

Most of all, A and her family. I could honestly go on forever! This family loves you no matter what, it’s unconditional. Their home is so warm and loving. Their kids are just so mature and adorable. C, her husband, is just so funny and genuine. I love this family so much. They have become my family.

I was always ashamed that I was in a program for behavior. I soon realized that what my mom told me was true! “S, there is no shame in getting help; the only shame is in not getting help.”

I can not imagine where I would be if I didn’t come here and have such as positive experience. I think that everyone can benefit from a program like this. Venture Academy is amazing. I thank each and every one of you for your support in my recovery. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I’ll miss everyone,

– SC, Ontario