YVScholar to Participate in New York Times Summer Creative Writing Program

Phoebe came to the LifeSet program in July 2021. She formed a relationship with her LifeSet specialist, Mary, who got some kind of support that was essential to her success and has complete freedom to talk about anything.

His ability to pursue his goals has not been easy. It took building a relationship of trust with Mary, who stepped in as a resource, confidant and, at times, parent figure. To keep her on track, Mary reminds her that she’s doing a good job.

“One of the things I’ve learned from being in LifeSet is that there are a lot of people who are proud of my accomplishments,” Phoebe said. “It taught me to be proud of my accomplishments. It’s lonely not having parents in your life. Sometimes I forget that I can take care of things on my own, but Mary reminds me that I’m doing a good job.

Phoebe hopes to attend UNC Asheville and graduate Summa Cum Laude after her program with The New York Times. She wants to eventually get her master’s degree to become a genetic counselor. Phoebe now has a better perspective on how to overcome challenges and trauma thanks to the support the Youth Villages have provided her.

“[Trauma] it feels like that’s it when it happens,” Phoebe said. “I promise once you come out it won’t leave you, but it will shape you and you will look around one day and it’s peaceful.”