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MoveFwd counsels young people to cope with complicated emotions

Sometimes the bravest thing a young person can do is ask for help. While we all want happiness for the young people in our communities, life dishes up rough stuff for some and others have trouble coping with “normal” situations. These two stories show how MoveFwd counselors help kids manage their emotions.

“Adam” is the kind of kid who goes about his business. He does well in school. He’s not one of the boisterous boys and he wasn’t taught to talk much about his feelings. Adam had a few close friends. He was surprised when one of them started experimenting with drugs, but assumed his friend “could handle it.”  He was worried when he realized that his best buddy had succumbed to addiction and his feelings were hurt to learn that he wasn’t “Ben’s” best friend any more.  Adam was shattered when his best friend died of an overdose.

MoveFwd counselors helped Adam work through his grief and cope with the loss, helping him to stay focused in school.

“Sam” also wants to do well in school. But, unlike Adam, Sam wore his heart on his sleeve. Everyone knew when he was feeling angry or frustrated, because he would explode into violent tirades. His teachers were frustrated with Sam for disrupting classes and frequent trips to the principal’s office interfered with his success in school. Sam realized that his outbursts were inappropriate and scary for his classmates. But he just couldn’t control himself when his feelings were hurt or when things didn’t seem fair.

Counselors at MoveFwd helped Sam learn to reduce and appropriately express his hurt and anger.  He stopped having violent episodes at school and got back on track to graduate.

For over 25 years, we have helped young people like “Adam” and “Sam” land on their feet when things get too hard to face alone. MoveFwd supports homeless and at-risk kids and their families with quick-response, barrier-free, no-cost counseling and case management. We serve young people at the older end of the spectrum with our housing program and Drop-in Center. All four programs are indispensable to our mission. Homelessness in our suburbs is a growing problem. Donors like you make our work possible. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for helping us help families and schools take care of our community’s young people.