My ideal chacoco believe in the innate and intrinsic goodness of the youth. They are not judgmental. They understand that the youth make mistakes but will never judge them because they believe in the youth's intrinsic goodness. For my ideal chacoco, nobody is a hopeless case: lots of doses of understanding, guidance and love are all that are needed. They must be firm but loving. Being young themselves once upon a time, a lot of lessons can be imparted from their experiences.
One of the most memorable experiences that I have with my chacoco was the advice that they gave me about opening up to my parents and that I should take the first step. That our parents also want to get to know us more and it’s possible that they just don’t know how or where to start. They told me that I have nothing to lose in trying. I never regretted initiating it. Now I am happy to say that I have a wonderful relationship not just with my parents but also with my brother and sisters as well. I am who I am now also because of our chacoco. I am truly grateful and indebted to all the chacoco that I have met as a YFC.
What else can I say? I just hope that Jun and I were able to make a mark in the life of even one YFC when we were their chacoco.