Yanic Charles – My life since growing up was not nice because of the difficulties I was facing at home and the poverty and struggling. I decided to leave my mother`s house at the age of fifteen to go and live with my father. At this age all that I wanted was to go out and party with friends but my mother never allowed me to do that I thought that if I go and live with my father things could get better.
As I came to my father`s house I still not finding things easy for me, I was empty, confused and angry. The respect for my father was not there, and the love had finished to the point that I was not seeing him as a father but an ordinary man. Been so young and already influenced by friends I learned how to smoke and drink. When my father got to know all that I was doing, he came from work so angry that it made him pull a cutlass and run after me, it was a terrible day! I thought I would die that day.
I used to smoke 10 joints of marijuana per day, so young but full of myself, didn`t respect nobody. I joined a gang and I thought I had friends but I was alone, I tried to kill myself once but it never worked. At Clendon Mason Secondary School in Dennery I thought I was the boss, the teachers thought I wouldn`t reach my twenties. When I meet one of my teachers weeks ago she cried because she thought I was died.
I told her what made me change, was the decisions I took and where I found hope to keep me going and this is what I will tell you as well. I found the YPG (Youth Power Group), they listened to me, gave me directions and taught me how to be a better man in a society that walks upside-down. I learned to say “NO“ and today I have joy, peace within myself, love for my family and the anger gone away. If you want this transformation in your life I want to invite you to take a step forward and make the end of 2016 to be the best year of your life.
COME AND LEARN TO SAY NO this coming SATURDAY November 19th at 12 noon, Dereck Walcott Square in Castries
We will give advice on addiction, bullying, abuse, rape, sadness, low self esteem, gangs, bad friends, family problems, rebelliousness, anger, loneliness and so on.
Many performances of great artistes and schools will be taking place as well
YPG HELP LINE: 724-8130 / 724-8041
YPG WhatsApp: 730-4040 / 730-2043