Jessica describes herself as a semi-confident, motivated, hardworking teen in an ever-changing world. She found independence at a young age, taking responsibilities that many would not be capable of taking charge of.
Jessica first joined the Youth Zone at age 11 where she was introduced to the junior club. She described her feelings as being very contrasted. She felt anxious and nervous about her new surroundings, the unknown and interacting with new people. However, he’s determination to making new friends encouraged her to take a huge step in becoming who she is today. Jessica feels as though the Youth Zone has become a second home to her. A place where she can escape, have fun and continue to develop her skills to benefit her later in life.
Jessica has been going through a hard time recently suffering from mental health from her situation at home. With Jessica being a regular attendee of the Youth Zone, staff could have daily updates to make sure that she is in good health both mentally and physically. However, with lockdown restricting what the Youth Zone can provide for her she has found it even harder to subsist, causing her to stop going to college. That being said Jessica acknowledges the Youth Zone has helped her in multiple ways past and present and has high hopes for the future with the end of lockdown edging closer every day.
Jessica is a young leader who has grown enough confidence to run her own session within the junior club with the support of a staff member and finds it easy to take charge and show very good leadership qualities.
When I first joined the Youth Zone, I lacked confidence in areas such as social interaction, I would find them awkward and try to avoid them as much as possible. It was only when I started speaking to staff members, I found my confidence and started talking to over people and make new friends. I then became a young leader and taking my first steps into becoming independent. When things were hard in my life the staff were there to help and support me in any way they could, I am now in further education and looking forward to the future.