Meet Jade, 7 years later!
A self described “social butterfly” in mainstream school, Jade was unable to concentrate on much except hanging with friends. She was aware that she needed something different if she were ever going to achieve her goal of graduation.
Jade attended Take a Hike for grades 11 and 12. “Take a Hike gave me the attention I needed... they never told me I couldn't, and instead encouraged me to attain what I desired... they made me feel like I was important, and that anything I wanted was achievable. They taught me to be responsible, active, and healthy... instead of just shoving book work in my face with no direction.”
Speaking about Klaus Klein, her therapist Jade shares: ” Klaus is one of the most understanding individuals I have ever met. He helped me heal my broken relationship with my mother as well as helped me feel my worth, and know that I was an important person. Most of all, I learned how to appreciate, and realize what life is all about!”
The outdoor learning wasn’t always easy she admits, ” At first I hated it... but now, I wish so much to have that back.
I had never been in better physical or emotional shape in my entire life! It makes me so happy to have seen the things I saw, to have gone to the places I've gone, knowing that not many people would ever see any of that! It taught me how to lead a team, and helped me overcome a lot of fears."
Take a Hike helps kids stay in school to complete regular core requirements like math and science, but equally important they teach the students how to respect themselves and interact with others in a positive way. “I am no longer a weak person. I know my worth, and am not ashamed to let people know if I feel I am being used. As well, I learned how to respect others, and understand boundaries. Above all, I know that I am an amazing person, because Tim, Klaus, Leanne, and Sally-Anne taught me how to love myself! I can't describe the way these people have made an impact on my life. If I did not attend TAH, I would probably have a grade 9 education. I would probably still be living at home, stealing from my parents, treating them like crap, doing drugs... or jail, definitely not where I am today.”
Since graduating, Jade has built a happy life for herself. She has a 17-month old son, and believes being a mother makes her more compassionate. She would like to use that compassion to begin a career in nursing. “I would like to be a nurse, an LPN, and then continually upgrade until I am an RN.”
Jade is looking forward and planning on applying for one of the Take a Hike scholarships. “I want to be able to provide my kids, and myself, the opportunity my parents could not give me. I want to show them that you have to work hard for what you want. “
Jade, we wish you the best of luck and hope you will always stay in touch!