Youth who experience a close loss can feel alone and overwhelmed, with many acting out as teenagers and engaging in risky behaviors, such as substance abuse or self-mutilation. The I Have a Friend program shows them that they can overcome their grief and pain in a better way, and go on to lead fulfilling, happy lives, just as the adult volunteers have. Kenny Slaught explains that these volunteers teach them the importance of open communication while working to help program participants become more resilient.

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