When I first started writing this blog, because we had just been "born", I used analogies to a child in infancy. Each year that passes, I continue to feel that we are like a child learning to crawl, stand, walk. We are now starting to move a little bit more and I feel like we are growing up. YTIA is still not fully grown but, by God's grace, we are making our presence known. Every interaction we have with a young adult, every question we are able to answer, every bit of advice we are able to give, makes us feel just a little more grown up. We want to become a staple in the lives of the youths we are committed to serving; we want them to feel that they have a friend in us; that they matter to us, because they do. As YTIA matures, we feel more able to assist the youths about whom we feel so strongly. They will grow up and become mature, independent adults, and in our own way, so will we. Keep praying for ALL of us.
Mary E. Valdez is one of the co-founders of YTIA, an attorney with an interest in (hopefully) making things a little bit better.