Angela Needs Your Help to Achieve Her Dream
Changing Kids met Angela in January 2015 with her grandfather whom she refers to as dad. He is as remarkable as she, dedicated to his family, strong in his convictions and unconditionally supportive of Angela’s dream.
Angela spoke of writing songs to express herself, her love of One Direction and painting murals on her walls. She knows that to be a singer takes self-motivation, dedication and being able to incorporate learning from experiences. She plans on applying to Seneca’s Independent Song writing and Performance certificate course in 2017 and then dreams of performing at Madison Square Gardens and at the O2, a state-of-the-art arena in Greenwich peninsula, South-East London.
“Singing is my life. I sing everywhere I go. My dream is to become a singer because just thinking about singing in front of millions of people on a stage worldwide would be the most amazing feeling. Every time I think about it I get so excited and it keeps me going.
I think about how hard it is to become a singer but I never give up. I always believe if you love something so much you shouldn’t let it go. When I found that Diva Dreams wanted to help me I was so excited because now I have an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to see what happens next!”
Changing Kids is proud to be a partner of Frontenac Youth Services in the Durham Region providing hope, treatment, and connections for vulnerable adolescents. Frontenac is a non-profit organization that provides services and programming for youth who experience mental health concerns. Angela is a client of Frontenac House since 2011. She was nominated in December 2014 by Bernadette Jolicoeur, M.Ed., M.S.W., R.S.W. Youth and Family Counsellor.
A Letter from Bernadette Jolicoeur, Youth and Family Counsellor:
I would like to start by saying how amazing that such a program exists, and to thank you very much for thinking of one of Frontenac Youth Services clients. I would like to express my deepest gratitude, as one of my clients is being considered for the “Dream Diva” program this year. I am one of those sentimental folk, but, nevertheless, a more deserving young woman, could not have been chosen.
Angela started counseling services a couple of years ago after several traumatic experiences and working through PTSD symptoms: anxiety attacks, excessive worry, sleep difficulties, and difficulties maintaining friendships. Angela resides with her paternal grandparents who are loving, supportive, and involved in her life. She is making gains in “finding her voice” and advocating for herself.
Angela has made incredible progress; she is doing reasonably well in grade 10, making friends at school and demonstrating that she can be an “empowered, strong, kind, and loving” person without having to take on other people’s issues. Angela has made significant gains in managing strong emotions, anxiety, and worry.
Angela is a beautiful young woman, in every way and at almost 16 year old, Angela dreams of being a famous singer. She has sung to me in sessions many times. She loves to write songs, and short novels. Angela is a loving, compassionate, and kind person who regularly will bring into session scrap books she makes with pictures of those family members who died, as she enjoys keeping loving memories. She is not “hardened” or “harsh” by this experience. I believe very strongly that Angela’s creativity was “a necessary ingredient” that helped her feel more grounded in this world. She has leadership qualities, and had a “pretend girl band” in grade 8, like “Josie and the Pussycats”. We have looked into singing lessons; however, family finances cannot support this endeavour. She has gone down to Toronto to audition for “The Next Star” and although nothing came of it, her commitment and desire to sing is very strong!!!
Angela has stolen our hearts here at Frontenac Youth Services….so watch out!!! If you could help Angela believe in herself more and more, the world will be a better place.
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