To date, NECS has positively impacted the lives of over 2000 youth and their families. This number continues to grow each day.

To date, NECS has positively impacted the lives of over 2000 youth and their families. This number continues to grow each day.

Tyrik


"I have been involved in state care since 4 years old. I have been hospitalized several times and have been in multiple foster homes. I have lived a very tough life. At 12 years old, I met Mark Reeves and was introduced to what would grow into what is now The NECS Family. Mark has been a hero to me since age 12. Mark and I have bonded and continuously built trust with each other. Since being with NECS, I have developed to prepare for college and live on my own. NECS is a great community and will provide lots of opportunities for those to follow. I have seen NECS grow along with me and I will forever be grateful for the dedication, commitment, honesty, and determination that NECS has shown to me. I have been lied to, abused, overmedicated, and falsely hospitalized. I have lost my Mom at the age of 4 years old and was prevented from going to my Mom’s funeral. I have been hidden from my family until 19 years old and now because of NECS, I feel like I am somebody. I feel like I can trust the NECS family. Therapists and advisors have told me that I will amount to nothing in life. Jumping from home to home have made it difficult for me to establish meaningful relationships. You have to be strong to overcome the adversities that I have been forced to face.
If I were with another provider, I would have gone in circles and I would be making the same mistakes. My future would most likely have lead to an early death, jail, homelessness, if I were with another provider. I believe the system is set up for at-risk youth to fail. I believe that the system gives you no voice, rights, and very little room for improvement. NECS sets itself apart, because it is an organization that is willing to go the extra mile for its clients. NECS is committed to its youth and is very determined to make an impact. A lot of effort is invested in youth and the family style environment that is provided.
The brand that Mark has established for NECS is one that is highly accessible and responsive to service. My hope for NECS in the future is that it grows statewide very fast and provides service in more and more areas to reach those, like me, who are in need of this type of service. NECS provides legendary service that people like me can only benefit from."

Tyrik


"At 12 years old, I met Mark Reeves and was introduced to what would grow into what is now The NECS Family. Mark has been a hero to me since age 12. Mark and I have bonded and continuously built trust with each other. Since being with NECS, I have developed to prepare for college and live on my own. NECS is a great community and will provide lots of opportunities for those to follow. I have seen NECS grow along with me and I will forever be grateful for the dedication, commitment, honesty, and determination that NECS has shown to me. I have been lied to, abused, overmedicated, and falsely hospitalized. I have lost my Mom at the age of 4 years old and was prevented from going to my Mom’s funeral. I have been hidden from my family until 19 years old and now because of NECS, I feel like I am somebody. I feel like I can trust the NECS family.

My hope for NECS in the future is that it grows statewide very fast and provides service in more and more areas to reach those, like me, who are in need of this type of service. NECS provides legendary service that people like me can only benefit from."

Cristian


"About a couple years ago, I was a young kid doing kid things. Mostly bad things… I learned a lot from NECS and its programs have turned my life around. I have met people that I would have never considered family. From the start, I have connected with them more so than other social services for kids. NECS is amazing, because I am doing way better now… I am more successful; I feel like I have a successful future ahead of me; I am more successful financially; I feel smarter; I am more involved with the community doing a lot of good things with my friends. I do Physical Training with the Marine Corps. Every month. I wish I could repay NECS in the future. Although, I know it won’t happen, because you would never accept it.

I see NECS definitely growing, getting bigger, and working with more people. When people join, they think they are just another kid with another agency. The agency is going to get paid for this… Very quickly you realize that this is not the case with NECS.

I would change the quality time NECS spends with kids. Most kids feel connected throughout the first few months. I feel like NECS should be connected with a kid for a year or two, so they actually feel more and more connected. Besides that, I would not change anything, because you guys have a great program and are a great organization.

One experience is when I opened up and actually dancing for the first time I came to this program. I wasn’t comfortable doing it, but I feel that I did it for a reason. I felt that when I id it and I got the feedback from everybody, and I met Nerlens Noel and all those guys. It really showed how much they cared and they really wanted to see if I had it in me to dance in front of everybody, even if I was bad at it. I still did it… I will never forget that and the way I felt that day, and that one year experience that I had with you guys.

The first time I was told that I was no longer going to be in this program, because I did what I had to do. I thought you guys were going to leave me. Then I got a call a couple weeks later and you guys said that you would still be here for me. After that, I felt really good that you cared. So, I then took things step-by-step and started coming to events. The more I kept coming, the more you guys saw a change in me. Then Mark one day asked to me if I wanted to become a junior life coach soon or something like that. It changed me to have that thought in my head and I wanted to help others more. So when I come to events like the Thanksgiving dinner or Six Flags, I walk over to other kids and encourage them and tell them that it is a struggle now, but things will get better. I tell them that they can do well in school and I show them what you showed me when I was in their position. When I come to events as a junior life coach, I do help out kids and soon in the future I hope to work for NECS."

Cristian


"About a couple years ago, I was a young kid doing kid things, mostly bad things. I learned a lot from NECS, and its programs have turned my life around. I have met people that I would have never considered family. From the start, I have connected with them more so than other social services for kids. NECS is amazing because I am doing way better now. I have become more successful, and I feel like I have a successful future to look forward to. I am more successful financially; I feel smarter; I am more involved with the community, and I am doing a lot of good things with my friends. I do physical training with the Marine Corps every month. I wish I could repay NECS in the future. Although, I know it won’t happen because you would never accept it.

I see NECS growing, getting bigger, and working with more people. When people join, they think they are just another kid with another agency. The agency is going to get paid for this. Very quickly you realize that this is not the case with NECS."

Danny


"How has NECS impacted your life?
It made me a better person to sit down with someone and talk about life. Talk about whatever I want to talk about in life. To be able to talk about the problems of life with someone and have them help me figure things out. I am now in After Care and I am invited to events and activities. My former youth life coach still hangs out with me from time to time.

How can NECS improve?
I don’t even know… I feel like saying more activities, but I feel like there is already enough activities. I wish there was more time to hang out with everybody. I wish there were more group hangouts with the whole NECS family.

How could NECS change?
I only thing is that I don’t like waking up early in the morning. But is part of the event sometimes.

What is the one NECS experience that has changed you the most?
One experience would be when we did a group thing a couple of years ago with Brian Bullock and we did a group huddle. The huddle would be the one significant thing that changed me more than anything."

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