The girl working at the supermarket check out was telling me she had a 2:1 degree and this was the best job she could get. She was upset, close to tears with frustration as she shared this with me.
Then I asked myself, “If I were her Mum or her Dad, how would I be feeling?” I’m thinking back to the degree ceremony. I remember sitting in the audience watching her go across the stage with her certificate. I remember how proud I felt. I nudge the person next to me and I whisper, “That’s my girl.” How do I feel now? How do I feel when my friends ask, “Has Charlotte got a job yet? A proper job?” Embarrassed, bewildered, desperate to help but not sure how I can. Asking myself questions like, “How did it come to this? How’s she going to get on the housing ladder? How’s she ever going to afford to settle down and start a family? What if she ends up living with us ’til she’s 35?”
She worked so hard didn’t she? She doesn’t deserve this. I want so much to help but what can I do?
Fortunately, it’s never too late; but the Aspire Academy program has been designed with the aim of making sure that your daughter, your son, doesn’t end up in this mess in the first place!
If you’ve read the HOME page, you’ll understand how it is that so many youngsters do end up like the girl on the supermarket till.