Karen (not real name) was the first female youth ex-offender to attend the REACH Aftercare Education/Career Group Coaching programme. Though evidently uncomfortable initially, she quickly warmed up to one of the co-facilitators and opened up about her difficulties in finding a job of her preference. The co-facilitator took time to introduce more options, including the possibility of enrolling into part-time courses, and offered to help connect her to suitable employers.
Karen promptly went on to apply for jobs that were matched by REACH Youth group coaching team, making the effort to go for every interview. The experience was by no means easy as she faced repeated rejections, but she persevered on with the encouragement of her loved ones and volunteers from the programme.
The biggest surprise came when Karen turned up at the coaching session uninvited one day to announce to the youth workers and volunteers that she had applied for WSQ diploma in Social Service course at the Social Service Institute. She acknowledged that it was worth a try despite the 50/50 chances of having her application accepted. Karen has demonstrated a determination and positive outlook on life!