The more I think about it, the better I like the idea of 'rae's home for troubled teens'. It would just be one big family and we would all cuddle a lot (for those who like it) and sing and dance all day and we could have shows every weekend with poetry slams, self-written songs and all of that stuff. And if anyone (including you ofc) isn't feeling well, they get their favourite food and a lot of support. Oh my gosh, we need to do this.
i want to have a whole system set up for
nearby schools/college/universitiesin between housing
if you need to switch schools or a certain college has a perfect program but is a bit of a drive and rent would be too high/gas would be too expensive on a day to day basis, you’d have a place to stay.bus routes for transportation
if you’ve finished school, cannot bear living in your home situation and/or are waiting for your first semester of college, you have a place to stay.breakfast, lunch and dinners
i’d try to find a location smack dab in the center of the city with tons of good bus routes and have a list of schedules and buddy systems to send you guys out together.shelter (obviously)
we could learn to cook affordable, healthy meals and do our own version holiday get togethershelp writing resumes, finding jobs, doing taxes
i’d try to find a decent spaced out house with a few large rooms. bunk beds, pull out sofa beds, futons until we get enough money to get a big house! (this will be after i graduate so it won’t such an issue)group talks
i know how uncomfortable and anxiety inducing looking for a job can be. we could have suits/work attire for interviews, mock interviews and all that good stuff.support
sometimes counseling is expensive. we could have specific days of the week dedicated to certain subjects. you will be heard and listened to.
whether it be “hey, its gonna be okay” or going to a school/club event and wearing my sick “my kids are amazing shirt” you are not going to be alone.
i know of so many teens that are honestly trying so hard to just get through the day and then come home to unsupportive families. they deal with so much bullshit (stigma with mental illness, homophobia, transphobia, just to list a few) and there’s so much pressure on them that they feel like they will break.
you should never have to dread going home.
i want it to be a safe space for all.
i want you to be able to say “i can do this. i can finish school. i can go to college. i can get a job. i can keep going. i can have a future.”
i want you to do good for yourself. you deserve to be happy. you deserve to be listened to. you deserve support. you deserve to feel safe.
that’s what i want to provide.