Well, hello there!! I am currently a student at LSUHSC-New Orleans working towards a Masters in occupational therapy! I recently volunteered at the Covenant House by doing some fun group activities about personal responsibility and stress management with the young adults there. The Covenant House is a safe haven for hundreds of homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth ages 22 and under (but most everyone that needs help is welcome)! Covenant House provides food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short & long-term housing, life skills, and more! A lot of these kids have endured physical, mental, and/or sexual abuse, and the violence of the streets. After seeing this great facility and hanging out with these young adults I want to do as much as I can to help them succeed! I was a bit intimidated before volunteering at Covenant house, because teenagers can be pretty tough (I know I was a jerk!). I was delightfully surprised to find that these kids were SUPER sweet and really wanted to talk and engage. I ended up leaving THEIR group session feeling like I was the one who learned a new stress management technique! I hope they took something from it as well, because doing group work with these incredibly resilient young adults makes me excited and forget about all the stressors I have for a moment.
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