Dear Youth Ambassadors,

My big sister is twenty-five years old and has been in and out of jail and juvenile hall since she was in her early teens. I never got to experience that big sister feeling from her. She got out of high school and got on drugs. She then started running away and would be gone for days. She then came home like nothing happened. Before all this trouble started we found out my sister had been getting molested by my grandma’s husband. I always asked myself how she could let this happen to her own grandchild. I would cry all the time seeing my sister down and out and not being able to do anything about it. My sister was also diagnosed with bipolar and schizophrenia. I just couldn’t deal with seeing my sister fall apart right before my eyes. For a long time I hated my grandma. I felt like she was the reason for everything with my sister. Still to this day my sister is in and out of jail, and we are trying our best to keep her off drugs. I hope for a better future for my sister and pray she will change her life.

Sincerely,
Helping Sister

Dear Helping Sister,

My Mother started doing drugs when I was ten years old and has been in and out of my life since. One day I got so sick of her coming in and out my life that I just stopped dealing with her. I miss her like crazy all the time. But you can’t keep helping someone who doesn’t want to be helped, no matter how badly you may wanna help. They have to want the help as badly as you. Sit your sister down and express to her how you feel about this situation. Also with the grandma situation, you should also talk to your grandma and ask her what happened.
“Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to, doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you’ve ever imagined.” Write back!

Sincerely,
A Friend