The first time I came to Alateen, I thought it would be like school counseling and I was going to hate it. But when everyone started sharing, it was like everybody knew of what I was going through. I knew then that it was okay and got this feeling that I was safe.

Before Alateen, I just did what I needed to do at school and then got out. Since I’ve started attending Alateen I like saying: “Yes! I’m here to help. What can I do?” I can put myself out there and make changes.

Alateen Talk, Summer 2017