"I’m a farmer. I’m planting these seeds, hoping they bloom."
Last fall, a group of youths from a Toronto community housing area were recruited for a soccer camp by a social worker. They did not get along and some were in tough circumstances, but they wanted to improve their soccer skills. The social worker, their coach, made it clear on the first day that they were a family. Their training began not with soccer drills, but with team-building games. As they got to know each other, they began to accept one another. Their coach encouraged them, listened to their stories and pushed them to be better players and leaders. Throughout the summer, they began to believe in themselves. Youths who had considered suicide found more reasons to live; youths who previously had no hope for the future began dreaming.
The coach was Jevon Bryan [BA Human Services - Social Service Work 2016]. He saw a need for continued support for youths, so he initiated his own program, continuing to guide, inspire and give hope to them: “I’m a farmer. I’m planting these seeds, hoping they bloom.”