“Urgh, that’s disgusting”

2 December 2013

“Urgh, that’s disgusting” she says peering into to bowl. “What is it?” Every week we come together and cook a meal with the young people, and every week she says the same thing.

The first reaction we receive by young people, be it to; the introduction of a new project, a new game to play or a not seen before ingredient that we are cooking with that week, is not always positive. Changing the status quo, isn’t always agreeable. Sometimes we find that young people exhibit a reflex that tries to push away new opportunities.

At Urban Hope we walk with young people into new experiences that will often challenge their preconceptions. This often challenges them to step out of their comfort zones. It could be; jumping to catch a rope in a high ropes course or jumping into the unknown and being the first in their family to go to university, trying a new food or trying to go a day without a cigarette. We want young people to see the potential that we see in them, we are hopeful that they can do so much more than they thought.

“Urgh, that’s disgusting” she says peering into to bowl. “What is it?”

Every week she says the same thing.

Every week she sits down and eats with us

and more often than not she says that she enjoyed it!

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