It can be hard to approach youth who have suffered trauma, lived in broken homes, or who have been involved in the welfare system. These youth often feel disconnected from those around them, especially adults, and it can be hard to form relationships with them. They often don’t have people they can rely on to help them or encourage them, which can contribute to many negative life experiences and a greater disconnect. When all they know is hurt, it is important to stand out as somebody they can trust. The best way to connect with these youth is not through an authoritative relationship, but through a friendship where they feel loved and wanted.
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