“Pan Am Place keeps me out of trouble and keeps me busy.”


Skyler, 23

My name is Skyler, I’m 23 years old. At a very young age I lost my mom and since then, I’ve had a very hard life. I grew up in an unhealthy environment surrounded by negative influences. I started abusing substances, getting into fights, and getting into trouble with the law.  I eventually got arrested and locked up for about 11 months. It was at that time that I realized that I needed help. I needed to change my life around, I needed to find a way to live a positive life. I needed something to take all my anger out in a healthy way. After I lost my mother I felt so isolated and alone which made me make very bad life choices. After I was released, I started to look for some help. Something to keep me out of trouble, to keep me healthy, I needed a safe place to call home. That’s when I found Pan Am Place. For me, the required boxing classes are a healthy way to relieve my stress. The way that Pan Am Place helps me is great and the support it has given me has kept me in shape and gives me open opportunity to go back to school and find work. Pan Am Place keeps me out of trouble and keeps me busy. I think it’s a great place for young men to change their lives. I’m excited for the opportunity that I have here.