Featured Youth Story – Elzy [Read More]
In July of 2017, I became homeless after being discharged from a
psychiatric facility for attempted suicide. My name is Elzy and I’m 22 years old. I lost my family, my daughter, friends, and almost my job; I had completely no support. My nights were spent in the car, looking for a shower, couch surfing or occasionally at my ex’s house to be able to spend more time with my daughter, since I no longer was able to see her. Being the “go-to” person for community resources at my workplace, and referring patients out to them, I was now homeless myself, and I couldn’t reach out to the same shelters I would refer our patients to.
After doing some research, I found the Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO) website. Although the youth’s stories seemed too good to be true, I made the call on a Sunday night, and left Zara, the founder of AHO, a voicemail. I was crying and desperate to find housing and get my
daughter back from her controlling and abusive father. As promised on the website, within 24 hours, I received a text message from Zara and we metin a café that same day after I finished work.
Today, with AHO as a foundation, I am continuing to build my confidence (my peers call me the butterfly), and I now know that I can achieve my personal life goals and create the future I want for myself. AHO was there for me and believed in me when I needed it most. Read More
Calling AHO for help is something I will forever remember. It did more to and for me on my path of healing and reaching my dreams because of AHO. I was treated like an intelligent, capable young man with many gifts to share with the world. Read More
Being in AHO really helped me open my eyes and helped me get on track for what I want to do with my life. With AHO support, I am planning on going to school for graphic design and then want to open my own collection of art galleries all over the United States. Read More
I am very connected with AHO and am proud to be an ambassador for them. It is an amazing program, and through AHO, I am able to see hope and opportunity for my future compared to a year ago I only doubted my future and my ability to change it. Read More
What I want my future to look like is now possible with AHO. I have hope and the support I need to go to school to become a medical assistant and provide for my family to be the best mother that I can be thanks to Zara and AHO. Read More
AHO had the Youth Connect where I got all the help I needed in one place on one day. This was the help I needed to get back on track. AHO continues help me and I am very grateful. At the Youth Connect, I realized that I wanted to help other homeless youth… Read More
I completed more school courses, found my own apartment and bought my own car…I’m proud of the way that things have turned out for me, but my journey is far from over. I’m going to keep moving forward, but I learned not to look back. Read More
It’s been a bumpy journey, but it’s getting smoother as I grow and learn. I practice positive thinking by telling myself “I will be successful” 3 times everyday. I believe by doing this, things are more likely to go my way. Read More
The impact on me was profound; I was six years old and never knew what it would be like to have someone so powerful in my life disappear in an instant. The whole experience has made me realize how precious time is… Read More
Through these 3 life-altering events, I was now taking ownership of my life and how I viewed myself. I started making different choices. I also accepted responsibility for the consequences of those choices… Read More
Amy has been involved with the Ambassadors project for 3 1/2 years as peer mentor, Youth Ambassador of Hope, and spokesperson of her experience. She was a member of the AHO planning committee for the “Building Youth Leaders Now, and for the Future. Read More
I just found out recently that I was accepted at UC Berkeley, which is a dream come true. AHO will help me with scholarships and whatever I might need to be successful on this new path. Read More
I admire how she even had the drive and inspiration to start AHO to help young people like little old me, and give us a fighting chance at life. She understands that we didn’t ask for the circumstances we are in.
With the ongoing support of an AHO life coach and community navigator, Jimmy received housing support, a cell phone, employment, legal aide, scholarships, therapy, wardrobe, healthcare, dental care… Read More
I am so grateful I have been able to “beat the odds” with the support of AHO and am now a music producer entrepreneur and “giving back” as an AHO youth spokesperson for all the help I’ve received… Read More
To me, blood is thicker than water. But living with my uncle in New York was a different situation; my brother and I had to pay to live with them. My parents worked hard to pay our rent in New York, but the currency rate… Read More