24 episodes

Everyone dreams about how they want their life to look, but not everyone has the same level of opportunity to fulfill these dreams.
Some of us grow up in loving families with solid support systems, while some of us are born into hardship and trauma. None of us can choose the life we’re born into; none of us can write our own first story.
These situations might place us at a disadvantage, but they do not doom us. And sometimes a person or an experience helps bring the future we dreamed of into reach. It lets us pick up the pen and write our own second story.

Second Stories Second Story

    • Non-Profit
    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

Everyone dreams about how they want their life to look, but not everyone has the same level of opportunity to fulfill these dreams.
Some of us grow up in loving families with solid support systems, while some of us are born into hardship and trauma. None of us can choose the life we’re born into; none of us can write our own first story.
These situations might place us at a disadvantage, but they do not doom us. And sometimes a person or an experience helps bring the future we dreamed of into reach. It lets us pick up the pen and write our own second story.

    Jimena

    Jimena

    Jimena experienced homelessness for a long and exhausting five years. Her situation made her eligible for more than one of our programs – she was a teenager, a young mom, largely abandoned by her family, floating in and out of increasingly risky situations because of her desperation. Yet Jimena is one of the many youth who was not able to find help through Second Story or another like ours, for some of the unfortunately usual reasons: she didn’t know what was available to her, and she was burdened by shame and embarrassment.

    Jimena shares her story with a rawness and vulnerability that gives us a peek into what it’s like to be in her position, and she reflects with a rare clarity on how those years felt and how they have impacted her as a woman and a mother.

    • 35 min
    COVID-19: Nandred (VP of Community-Based Services) and Vulnerable Communities

    COVID-19: Nandred (VP of Community-Based Services) and Vulnerable Communities

    In this episode we’re speaking to Nandred, Second Story’s Vice President of Community Based programs. She leads Second Story’s efforts in our broader community.

    When we talk about the “most vulnerable” in our communities, we are often referring to many families we serve through these programs. They struggle with poverty and disconnection, human trafficking and gang violence, poor living conditions, and a lack of access to many of the services that the rest of us take for granted.

    Nandred tells us about the unique needs of these communities, why COVID-19 has been especially challenging for them, and what we're doing to help.

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 29 min
    COVID-19: Cathy Benn (Senior Therapist) and Mental Health

    COVID-19: Cathy Benn (Senior Therapist) and Mental Health

    In this episode, we’re speaking with Cathy,  Second Story’s Senior Therapist. She leads Second Story’s counseling and mental health evaluations, working both to support staff and implement best practices and also one-on-one with youth struggling with their mental health. She talks to us about the relationship between COVID-19 and mental health and why this has been an especially challenging time for the young people we serve.

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 25 min
    Topical Episode: Youth Disconnection & Foster Care

    Topical Episode: Youth Disconnection & Foster Care

    Anne Kim is a journalist, author, and fountain of wisdom and insight on youth issues. Her book Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection explores a sobering reality: that nearly five million young people, nearly 12 percent of youth aged sixteen to twenty-four, experience disconnection and abandonment as they enter adulthood. Anne educates us on the causes and consequences of this reality, especially in light of the ways our economy and society is changing right now, and helps us understand what we can do about it.

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 31 min
    Caitlin

    Caitlin

    Caitlin grew up without the family structure a lot of us take for granted, entering the foster care system as a preteen and juggling between families throughout her teenage years until she was emancipated at 18. Yet Caitlin is not one to focus on what she didn’t have but rather what she did: ingenuity, independence, and outright intelligence. Her story sheds light on an important group: teenagers in foster care and otherwise disconnected youth, and she introduces us to all that these young people have many times endured and also all that they have to offer us.

    Second Stories is created and produced by Second Story. Learn more about us at www.second-story.org

    • 35 min
    COVID-19: Judith Dittman (CEO) and Second Story’s Response

    COVID-19: Judith Dittman (CEO) and Second Story’s Response

    We’re starting off this season with a special episode about COVID-19 and its impact on our work and young people in our community. We begin with Judith, Second Story’s CEO, to talk about how the pandemic has affected our work. As Second Story’s primary decisionmaker and leader, Judith gives us a bird’s eye view of how COVID-19 has both impacted Second Story overall and, more broadly, the youth who seek services like ours both in our community and beyond. 

    To hear more about how you can support Second Story’s COVID-19 needs visit www.second-story.org/news/covid-19

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

AndrewsJJ1 ,

Beautiful!

Love the way you share stories and highlight redemption.

Holly32390 ,

Loving this 2nd season already!

So excited for season 2! I listened to all of season 1, and am excited to hear what stories will be told this season!

YuJinLeedham ,

Thank you!

Looking forward to another great season of honest, awe-inspiring stories.

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