Junior Youth Mentor - Macy

Posted: May 18, 2016

My name is Macy.  I am from Peepeekisis First Nation and now live in Regina, Saskatchewan.  I have four brothers and three sisters. I am 11 years old and in grade six at Mother Theresa Middle School.  I really like numbers and enjoy the subject of math.  Outside of school I look forward to gymnastics and I am currently part of the Queen City Kinsmen gymnastics club.  Each Wednesday I go to practice to work on my skills.  Front hand springs and back hip circle are two of my favorite skills to work on.  One goal of mine is to finish high school and move on to university.  In the future I would like to be a lawyer.

I have been part of Growing Young Movers (GYM) since I was in grade four.  For two years I participated in the program and now in my third year, I have come back to work in the role of a junior mentor.  Each Wednesday I travel from my school to work in the after-school program.  My job is to help make sure the kids are participating in the activities.  By asking them politely and being a good role model, I have helped the kids who are part of the program.  I have learned that the kids can be hard to work with at times, but I must remain calm and patient.  I feel I can influence them in a positive way by ensuring I always participate and work well as part of a team.  GYM to me is about having fun, being fair, and being respectful.  In the future I would like to be a high school mentor for the program.

Growing Young Movers is important to my community because it let's kids see older youth in a leadership role.  In my community there are not many programs for children.  GYM is like a team and gives opportunities to make new friends.  It is a great way for us to stay active, get exercise, and be healthy.  My advice to kids: Be yourself and always try your best.