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The Youth Advocate Program was a big part of my elementary and middle school life. I began misbehaving in school. I then started going to school with a wrapround on a daily basis. They worked one on one with me to better myself in school. Also at this time I was diagnosed with ADHD and found out that the two leading medications to treat ADHD and ADD would not help me because I was allergic to them.
Being in the program, I learned many things and techniques on how to manage my anger and people skills. They helped me by taking me outside my comfort zones at times to introduce me to others. During these times, they would let me go and watch me closely to see if I would do what they told me. If I did not they would call me over and tell me what I did wrong, then send me back out to try to make friends again.
As well as working with me in school and in public, my wrapround would work with me in the home. I was very defiant and outspoken in my home. They would check in with my parents on a weekly basis to see if I was doing my exercises such as counting to ten and making win-win deals. Those would be where I would do what I was told and in return I would get to do something like go outside or get a sweet snack before bed.
My workers would do various activities to help me contain anger. My first worker told me that when you get angry you give someone the remote to yourself. When they see you're angry, they can control you and get you to get yourself in trouble. So I have always remembered that when someone makes me angry and tries to get a response out of me. I was also taught to "kill them with kindness." This means that when someone is rude to you or trying to get a response from you, you are kind to them.
Being in the Youth Advocate Program has helped me to where I am today. I believe that without the counseling I received I would be a menace to society and on a one-way path to destruction instead of the path of success I am now.