The other Natalie

Today’s post is inspired by a blogger I admire, Andrea Tomkins http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/.  She is on the board of directors for the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Charitable Foundation.  She has been asked to be one of 50 community leaders asking 50 individuals to donate 50 dollars to the foundation.  I wanted to give the effort some exposure here because I feel it is a great one.  There are a tremendous amount of worthy causes in our city but I feel connected to this one.

I often wonder what my life would have been like had something different happened in my circumstances growing up.  I call it the other Natalie.  The one who may have been born to parents way more challenged than mine, the one who could have succumbed to negative influences and followed a path leading to problems, the one who for one reason or another missed out.  It is for that Natalie and others like her that I write this.

To borrow words from Andrea’s blog: YSB has been around for 50 years, and operates in 20 locations across the city. They serve between 2,500 and 3,000 youth and families each month, guiding youth through issues related to housing, mental and physical health, community reintegration, education, employment and more.  

YSB understands the challenges these young people face and gives them the tools they need to succeed at a critical point in their lives.

But Ottawa is growing. And the number of young people in our community is growing too. Did you know that 1/3 of Ottawa residents are under the age of 24?

There’s way more demand than there are services, and the YSB Charitable Foundation will help the agency expand services, fix buildings and offer new programs to meet new needs.

I urge you to check out some of the stories http://www.ysb.on.ca/index.php?page=home&hl=eng and to help Andrea out.

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