My life experience with YAP Ireland was very enjoyable and my YAP worker William went to extra lengths to keep me happy and enjoy my time with him. When I started YAP I was a little nervous, I didn’t know what YAP was and realise the impact it had on a young persons life.
My YAP worker was like my best friend. Trust me when I say you can say anything to them and nothing comes as a shock. Your advocate puts in immense effort getting you involved in your community and finding your feet. The relationship isn’t a one way street, you as a young person must be meeting the expectations with your advocate and realise that things will start to work out with your advocate. If you are a young person who feels your relationship with your Advocate isn’t quite working out, let them know!! That’s what they are there for. You are there to talk and they are there to listen. I would highly recommend using your freedom of speech.
For your own personal growth within YAP, remember you don’t have to put in a stupendous amount of effort as they must also meet you half way in order for the programme to work.
The best thing I got out of YAP was the immense effort both myself and my Advocate put in to work together and how much YAP has helped me build my confidence. I now do not always have negative thoughts about every situation. Thank you YAP Ireland.