My name is Tayah Lerat, I am 17 years old and from Cowessess First Nation. I was raised in Regina and I am currently in grade 11 at Scott Collegiate. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have thoughts on becoming a social worker because I want to help other people and their families when they are struggling. I also have thoughts on being a photographer. I always find myself taking pictures and one day would love to see the pictures I take on billboards or advertising.
One of my biggest challenges is to graduate and get my diploma. At times it has been a struggle for me to come to school, but I know that I want to graduate. I am working my hardest in school to get where I want to be.
To me a leader is being an awesome role model for the younger kids and setting a great example for them. A leader is someone that knows right from wrong and learns from their mistakes. I think it's important for kids to be part of GYM. Physical activity is important and it's a great place to just run around, have fun and be a kid. Those I work with in GYM are kind, smart people. For me I enjoy working with younger kids. Seeing them happy makes me happy. When I'm having a bad day, they lighten me up with their random little stories or randomly running up to me and giving me a hug. It just warms my heart.
I think that GYM is a cool opportunity for younger kids to interact with us high school mentors because they see us as role models and leaders. When they see us working with them, maybe they will want to be leaders like we are.
A message to the youth I would like to share: Don’t give up on yourself. BELIEVE you CAN and you WILL!