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During the time I have been at Trails, one of the challenges I have overcome has been stepping outside of my comfort zone. At Trails, I have learned to include everyone in every activity that we do. What I like most about Trails are the staff because they are caring.
During the time I have been at Trails, one of the challenges I have overcome has been getting up after falling and using new skills like leadership. At Trails, I have learned communication and it helps me at school by coaching me how to work with others. I like how the staff have helped me to become a nicer person outside of Trails.
Before Trails, I blamed all my problems due to things that I couldn't control. For example, my financial status, my family and society. Furthermore, I had a hard time socializing, opening up and had problems with mental illness. At Trails, I learned how to take leadership of my life, and stopped being a victim. I learned to laugh again, and stop worrying so much, with the friends I've made.
Being at Trails has created opportunities for me to relieve stress from school and home. It has allowed me to be more active and has given me the opportunity to express myself in different ways that I wouldn't be able to outside Trails. I have made new friends and gained new experiences.
Being at Trails has created opportunities for me to develop leadership skills. Throughout my five years at Trails, I have learned other useful skills that I have been able to use in my everyday life such as interview tips, time management skills and conflict resolution skills. All of these opportunities allowed me to work up the confidence to get a part time job as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the City of Toronto. With Trails and my work, I can further develop a passion for working with children. I know that Trails is rooting for me and I thank you for that.
I’ve finally had the opportunity to participate in many new, exciting experiences that I probably wouldn’t have without the Trails programme. Since coming to Trails, I’ve overcome my trust issue and hate for people in general. During my time at Trails, I’ve met some great friends that really care for me. It’s been a really long time since I’ve felt this worthwhile. I’ve built many new skills and friends here at Trails. It just feels so nice to know so many people care for you.
Thanks to your contribution, I am able to sleep in bunk beds and get boots or gloves if I am in need. During the time I’ve been at Trails, one of the challenges I have overcome is doing my solo, swimming in the lake and skating. At Trails, I have learned to become a leader, respecting others and their needs. What I like about the staff is that they’re fun to talk to and hang out with. Personally, what I like about Trails is that it’s fun and it helps to learn more about yourself and your peers.
I am able to experience, learn and accomplish new goals and challenges, and have fun. I’m able to make new friends and create new bonds. At Trails, I’ve learned how to properly deal with conflicts and how to deal with problems effectively. This is important because we deal with conflicts all the time. Thank you for giving the opportunity to let people have a positive space outside of home and allows people to have fun and feel safe.
Being at Trails has created opportunities for me to expand my communication skills, my problem solving skills, and my leadership skills during the four years at Trails. Before I came to Trails, I was down a path of trouble – I was irresponsible, unapologetic, and deviant. I listened to respond, not to understand. That all changed when I started to attend Trails. I was challenged in many ways such as camping, high ropes, swimming, problematic situations and using “I-statements”. I had positive people supporting me to do better and with these people and staff, I have grown into the person I’ve become today.
I am a participant in year 5 (LIT) and before I came to Trails, I was very lost. I didn’t know my strengths and dwelled on my weaknesses and lacked goals and work ethic. Being at Trails gave me an opportunity to learn about myself and become a better well-rounded individual who is more goal-oriented. Without Trails, I highly doubt that I would be striving to have a profession in psychology or pediatric nursing. Thank you for being the reason I’ve been given the opportunity to better myself and experience new things.