Blog: Franchesca’s Story
Frankie is now a believer and loves to speak to teens at jails, schools, and churches. One of her slides states, “Keep your coins. I want CHANGE.” Frankie wants youth to hear her story before they turn to drugs or suicide, before they end up in jail, before they make some of the mistakes she did.
Our teen group wasn’t a you-could-have-heard-a-pin-drop crowd, but it came close. Why was this? They could relate to her story. Arizona has the one of the highest teen suicide rates in the United States, and has consistently been in the top 10 since 1985. Nationally, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused by the age of 18. When Frankie spoke about attempted suicide and sexual abuse, the teens could relate because far too many of them have “been there.” When Frankie spoke about an abusive home, the drug dealer next door, and no money for rent, many of them have “been there,” too. When Frankie spoke about a different kind of life, one with purpose and hope, I hope that teens will envision themselves there, too, by God’s grace.
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