ADVOCATE OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER
Seth accepted his current case in May
of this year. His supervisor explained the challenges he would face since
the youth on his case had been living in residential treatment centers for over
7 years. During this time, the teenager had developed behavioral
problems, had been involved in criminal activity, and had refused all previous
outreach attempts. Seth understood the complexities of the case, and was
determined to break down the barriers the boy had built.
Seth's first several attempts at contact were flatly refused by the teen.
Seth maintained consistency in calling the Houston RT and leaving
messages when his calls were declined. He allowed the teen time and space
to decide how the relationship would develop. After a few months, Seth
made a trip to Houston to meet his CASA kiddo in person. Although
reluctant at first, the teen ended up spending over three hours talking to
Seth. The teen opened up about his background and family, about his hopes
and aspirations. The first fragile seeds of trust were planted by a young
man previously determined to keep everyone out. At age 17, this may prove
to be the most critical time of this young man's life. Seth has resolved
that he will do everything in his power to ensure his CASA kiddo does not end
up as a bad statistic. He will continue to earn trust and support goals
of education and strong life choices.
Seth is a perfect example of how one person can make a difference.
Thank you, Seth, and congratulations!