“I was selling marijuana at the age of 16”-St Lucian Youth Life Change

This story is different from many stories we hear of youths that turn out bad because of lack of opportunities; in my case was different.

I grew up in a house where my mother always gave me the best. I never lacked food or clothing.

At the age of 16 I started selling marijuana and I had my own plantation. I was addicted to cigarettes until someone introduced me to marijuana. It all started because of the influence of friends, they were doing it and told me if I started doing it as well I could have a lot of money.

I was a quiet boy and didn’t get into trouble or break people’s house. I never showed bad behaviour to people because I never wanted others to know my business. I kept trying to smile and be friendly to them and they never suspected anything.

I was disobedient at school. Because of the money I had, women were always around me. I didn’t love them. I was just using them. I had friends just because of the money, but once it finished the friends were gone and disappointment was always there.

Money was coming into my hands, but was going away like water into the drain. I knew that the money I had wasn’t blessed. I wanted to change my life, but I did not know how. I was young and lost in my own desire, that in the end was taking me nowhere.

When I was 17 I wanted to kill people. They use to threaten me and I was fearful for my life. I tried to buy a gun. I was living a crazy life. Even though I grew up learning what was right I end up doing the wrong, and all of this just because of bad influences.

Inside of me I had a great desire for change. One day I heard about the YPG (Youth Power Group).

I came to their meetings and I found young people just like me. Each one of them had a different past but they overcame and I wanted to overcome mine as well. They spoke to me and helped me.

I gave up selling marijuana, I stop being a womaniser, I quit drinking and today I’m married and I have a job. I have joy, peace and the presence of God.

– Kerry Barthelmy

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