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Cara

When I felt lost and bewildered, Ignite was a home to me. At the age of 16 I felt so confused about what I wanted and I was unable to find a path that I wanted to follow.  Dealing with family, love and mental health issues I thought that I was alone and secluded from everyone.  I remember thinking to myself  "I don't even want to leave the house today." or when I woke up in the morning "Why am I still alive ... I wish I would never wake up again".  At that point in my life I felt like the walls were closing in on me, like I had no control over anything and all I wanted to do was break down into tears.  Little did I know!  One day an acquaintance took me along with her to Ignite and I found that I wasn't alone.  In fact, I was more like others than I ever thought before, as everyone has their demons.  At Ignite I met a mentor - someone who had my back no matter what and was able to guide me in the right direction even though I would constantly stray.  She saw something special in me which my teachers and even loved ones had failed to see.  To be honest "mentor" is the wrong way to describe her. To this day she is still my closest confidante (especially when times are hard) and someone who has been there for me no matter what.  Ignite helped me go from a confused truant to a confident young woman with a clear life plan and the drive to achieve what I am so determined to do.  To be honest, I thank God for providing me with the opportunity to meet the people I met at Ignite as they provided me with clarity and hope when I had none.  My grandmother always told me "God places people in your life for a reason."  To this very day I can say that he does do this.  Now I'm applying to University, working and constantly progressing  towards my goal to be a lawyer.  I realise that none of this would have been possible if I had decided not to leave the house and go for an hour or two on Wednesday and Monday evenings at Ignite.  I found someone to talk to, advise me and guide me to become the best I can be!