The best part of the job is being able to engage and build rapport with a wide variety of youth. I also enjoy seeing the change in youth and being a part of their rehabilitation over time.
There have been a lot of changes over the years, and the Texas Model has given us the opportunity to make positive lasting connections with the youth--connections that have the power to change lives.
At one time, I was that youth in trouble. I was homeless, defiant, broken. So I always tell the families I work with to “keep going, keep pushing to find out what’s on the other side, to not give up!”
The best part of this job is the ability to interact with my colleagues, knowing that we are on a mission to make a difference in many lives.
The Texas Model has taught me to be more patient and try to find the best possible solutions to problems. I’ve learned that not every action requires a reaction.
If I notice a youth that may be struggling or is dysregulated, I use a ball to interact with the youth. I’ll get their attention and bounce them the ball and from there create dialogue.