My life since growing up was not nice because of the difficulties I was facing at home, the poverty and the struggles to make ends meet.
I decided to leave my mother`s house at the age of fifteen to go and live with my father. At this age all that I wanted was to go out and party with friends but my mother never allowed me to do that. I thought that if I go and live with my father things could get better and I could do whatever I wanted.
As I came to my father`s house I still was not finding things easy, I was empty, confused and angry. The respect for my father was not there, and the love had vanished to the point that I was not seeing him as a father but an ordinary man.
Being so young and already influenced by friends I learned how to smoke and drink. When my father got to know all that I was doing, he came from work one day very angry to the point that he pulled a cutlass and ran after me. It was terrible! I thought I would have died that day.
I used to smoke ten joints of marijuana per day. I was so young and full of myself and didn`t respect anybody. I joined a gang and I thought I had friends but I was alone. One day I tried to kill myself but it never worked. At Clendon Mason Secondary School in Dennery I thought I was the boss, the teachers said I wouldn`t reach my twenties. When I meet one of my teachers a few weeks ago she cried because she thought I was already dead.
I told her what made me to change and the decisions I took and where I found hope to keep me going and this is what I will tell you as well. I found the YPG Saint Lucia (Youth Power Group), they listened to me, gave me directions and taught me how to be a better man in a society that walks upside-down. I learned to say “NO“ to all kinds of bad influences that was destroying me little by little. Today I have joy, peace within myself, love for my family and the anger against my father and mother has gone away. – Yanic Charles
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