Thank-You from Oak Creek Youth

A youth at Oak Creek wrote a heartfelt letter to staff before paroling back to the community.

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you’re making a difference in the work you do. But then, every once in a while, someone tells you outright that they appreciate you.

That’s what happened at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility recently, when a young woman wrote a heartfelt letter to staff before leaving on parole. Her letter is below.

Oak Creek and YWTP (Young Women’s Transition Program) Staff,

In 10 days my adventure with all of you will be coming to its final ending. I want all of you to know how thankful I am for everything you guys have done for me. My time here has been full of ups and downs. You guys have made me laugh, you’ve made me cry, some days you’ve made me wanna punch you, LOL. But above all you’ve made me grow. I’ve turned into this incredible, smart, beautiful, caring young woman. You’ve helped me reach goals and create new ones.

I understand I’ve let you guys down and I’ve struggled but I promise that I’ll never stop trying.

I’ve learned that as long as I never give up, I haven’t failed.

I don’t know where I’ll be in six months or even at the end of the next one but I’m not gonna give up on myself and one day I will be living the life I’ve always wanted.

Please never forget that you guys have saved my life. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you.

I love you guys.


[Name withheld]

P. S. – You’re real life superheroes.

Photo by Hannah Olinger on Unsplash

  1. It is amazing when this happens. It happens all the times with phone calls back to the place they were locked up with former youth just checking in with those that spent time with them. There is just nothing more rewarding. Way to go Oak Creek YCF and YWTP staff! Never ever give up on these youth!

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