From Global News–One Winnipeg man using his lived experience to help at-risk youth says today’s young people are facing more challenges than ever before.
“I know that our youth today are carrying a significant amount more trauma than I did when I was experiencing houselessness,” said Daniel Emerson, the youth hub program manager at The Link Youth & Family Support.
“And more importantly with the COVID pandemic and the drug crises were seeing in the community, a lot of those things didn’t exist, especially with COVID, but those things didn’t exist when I was 15. So I know that youth carry a lot more challenges and traumas and barriers (now).”
The City of Winnipeg has seen an escalating level of violent crime this year, with many incidents notably involving youth.
Emerson says The Link is one of numerous organizations helping youth get their lives on-track – something he experienced firsthand.