Hi. My name is Walker Johnson. I am now a senior, and an ambassador of Communities that Care. I'd like to start from the start, back to 8th grade. At this time, everything was changing; On top of that, I was losing friends to drugs and poor decisions. I had several older friends from my youth group that were in CTC. Through conversations I had with them, I knew that CTC was the right choice for me. As the year went on, I helped with events such as Tech X-Mas (Tree set-up) and the Lion's club pancake feed. That year, I made some of the strongest friendships I have to date with stand up people. As the years have progressed, the people have not changed. It is so empowering to stand with people who are like-minded. That is what has pushed the Smoke Free Kansas State Fair and E-cigarette campaigns, people standing together for something they believe in. Since in high school, I have had a world of freedom, in both good and bad ways. It has opened up so much more time that I can pour into CTC. I may have missed a few more classes than the average student for events, but I was having a great time volunteering and making a difference in this community.
CTC teaches, models and offers opportunities to the youth of Hutchinson and Reno County. Personally, Communities that Care has not stopped me from making poor choices, but it's given me the knowledge on what my decisions can lead to, and further consequences that may ensue. The pressures of high school are on a student all the time. Without positive role models and a group like CTC to support he/she, it is immensely harder to say no to the peer pressure. CTC has equipped me with the information I need to be able to say no; but also to turn my mistakes and poor choices into better things. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 5 years involved with CTC and all the people I have met along the way. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have the support of the Communities that Care staff and members through high school.