Gregory* came to YOS when he was 15. It had been more than two years since he had become deeply involved in gang life including the use of drugs and alcohol.
“I was just not listening to adults and doing whatever I wanted back then” said Gregory. “I knew the things I was doing were bad for me but I just wanted to have some fun. I guess I was just young and dumb as grown ups would say.”
Currently, Gregory is working with Noel Cordova and making positive changes in his life. He has started his freshmen year of high school and has become a leader at YOS. Gregory took a leadership role organizing the spring break activities at the Irving Park office.
“Had I not come to Youth Outreach Services when I did, I may not even be alive to share my story,” Gregory told us. “There were a lot of times I could have lost my life and I wasn’t even a legal drinker.”
*Name changed to protect the identity of youth