Qualified Youth Worker and Founder of MANA Youth Project
MANA YOUTH PROJECT
Rick here, I just wanted to jam with you a bit about myself so you know who you are getting involved with, and who will hopefully be Mentoring the young folk in the community. Meeting the Mentor is a crucial step in any young person’s Journey. But just as important is how safe and at-ease parents & guardians feel with the person who has the potential in becoming an important role model in their kids lives.
I am a pretty candid person. I wear my heart on my sleeve and am outspoken and transparent about where I have come from, what my own story is about and how I use those experiences to walk beside the young people in my community locally and abroad.
I am a Qualified Youth Worker, but the bit of paper I have hanging on my wall at home takes a backseat to the experience and wisdom I have gathered over my life.
Yes, I have a lived experience of my own challenges, in my early 20s
I came to a cross-roads; and the direction I chose allowed me the opportunity to completely rebuild my Values, Morals and Beliefs about myself and the old Narratives that once dictated my life.
Around this time, I also was introduced to my First Mentor. That encounter and the mentorship journey that followed was the catalyst to the work I do today.
I am a Storyteller: And walking beside young people as they write their own is the greatest story I will ever tell.