We’d like to introduce you to Ali Hobson, Program Coach. Ali is a Program Coach for My Sister Susan’s House and a Case Manager for the HEARTH Rapid Rehousing program. She provides support and services through case management (individualized goals, referrals for resources, connections with providers and other professionals) to youth who are transitioning into rentals of their own in the rapid rehousing program. Ali is very passionate about the work she does with our youth and is full of energy. She does a fantastic job getting our youth involved in service-learning projects. She loves to lead craft projects, especially those involving glitter.
Let’s learn more about Ali!
1. What is your favorite memory from Youth Focus?
I honestly don’t think I could pick just one! I believe every staff member loves when their clients succeed, but I also love it when clients are real and raw. My favorite memories involve clients connecting with their emotions and struggles instead of just lashing out or shutting down.
2. What is one thing you wish the general public knew about Youth Focus?
Youth Focus serves youth, but we will always do whatever we can to help people access the services they need. Youth Focus is connection and family.
3. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
I instantly think of Esther Ngo, the Act Together Program Manager. When I pause to reflect further, it’s the youth we work with. Every moment I spend with them and every interaction helps me learn something new. They help me grow and become better. I hope I’m doing the same for them.
4. What led you to Youth Focus and working with young adults?
My struggles growing up, and my hope for the future. People can change.
5. What are three words to describe Youth Focus?
Hope. Access. Acceptance.
6. What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Don’t change a thing, except maybe that hair. Stop bleaching the underside! You doubt the good in yourself too much. You are on the right path, and everything now will strengthen you later. Your relationships will be deeper. Your heart will be full. You are enough.
7. If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring?
My bookcase, my other bookcase, and my husband’s stash of MREs from his military days. But that’s only because my third bookcase has boring books.
8. What’s your most-used emoji?
That depends on who I’m talking to! 🤣🙅🏼♀️🙈🤦🏽♀️🤨😒😂🤷🏼♀️