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September Staff Highlight: Kayla Yirrell

September Staff Highlight: Kayla Yirrell

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13427905_10206259588230266_14769365968777751_n (2)Kayla is the Youth Support Partner for our Mid-Maine (Lewiston) region.

1. How long have you been with Youth MOVE Maine and what is your position?
I am a Youth Support Partner and I have been working for Youth MOVE Maine for about 8 months now.
2. What about Youth MOVE Maine and the work that happens here inspires you?
Everything about this program inspires me. Meeting new youth throughout the community and being able to meet with them and build a peer relationship is so inspiring. I learn so much through these youth that I work with. Along with watching them reach their goals and have a voice from the first time I meet with them to the very last day. Seeing how much they have grown throughout the ysp program is so inspiring and keeps me going.
3. The MOVE in Youth MOVE stands for Motivating Others Through Voices of Experience, what does that mean to you?
To me this means that no matter what you have been through in your past that one can have the resilience to push through their obstacles in life and motivate other through these obstacles. Having been through my own experiences and still going through some it makes a peer to peer relationship real. I am not telling these youth that I work with that I am perfectly fine now. I let them know that I am still going day by day and overcoming obstacles just like any other individual goes through. And being able to connect with a youth that is or has been through the same thing builds our peer to peer relationship even more. And also being able to pass on the skills to be able to motivate their own friends or families.
4. When you think back through your time at Youth MOVE Maine what is a fond memory you have?
I think the best thing looking back is seeing certain individuals that I have worked with overcome their fears and face things head on. I was told by a youth that she was able to stand up to someone in her life that was causing her stress. She told me that if it wasn’t for me letting her know that she has a voice and even though she is young, she has every right to express the way she feels. She expressed that she would have never been able to say the things that needed to be said. She has grown so much since the first day I met with her. And that alone makes me want to keep making such an amazing impact in these individuals lives.
5. If you could do anything to change the world, what would you do?
If I could change anything in this world, I would probably have to say I would end all types of abuse. A majority of the youth that I have worked with have witnessed or been through some type of traumatic experience.I hope and pray that will all come to an end. After volunteering at shelters and seeing these young children that have either been abused or witnessed abuse at such a young age is unbelievable. So going from working with these young children to older adolescents and hearing their stories breaks my heart. No child should have to experience any of that.
6. You’re traveling to a remote island that only allows you to pack 3 things, what do you bring?
Depends on how long I am stuck on this island. If it was only a day, I would probably bring a radio, since all I do is listen to music. I would bring a bathing suit so I could swim, and I would bring a basket full of food. If I was stuck there for more than a day I would take my cousin so that I had someone to hang out with instead of a radio because we could both keep each other company.

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