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For the sake of others: Kayla Guettich

Kayla Guettich, Steamboat Springs Teen Council

Name: Kayla Guettich

Age: 18

School: Steamboat Springs Teen Council

Why did you join It Takes Courage?

I was working towards starting my own anti-bullying and suicide prevention campaign, when coincidentally Heather walked into my life. Things simply fell into place. I am very passionate about stopping the increase of adolescent suicide in our community, as it has been very prevalent in my personal life. I knew that Heather's big heart and beautiful message was exactly where I needed to be.

What’s it like being a part of this grassroots organization?

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Proud. That is all I can say to describe this feeling. Like a mother watching her child blossom, I am proud to be apart of It Take Courage. From the very beginning I saw all the potential that this up-and-coming organization had, but seeing how much it has transformed and the lives that have been changed is a beautiful day-to-day adventure. I am so blessed to have such amazing opportunities such as this.

How do you see yourself helping to prevent bullying in your schools?

It is very challenging to prevent bullying. I think that the easiest way is to do you best to be nice and friendly. Making people feel important and welcome in the high school is something I work towards more and more everyday.

In 300 words or less, describe yourself. (Hobbies, sports, background, college/career aspirations, etc.)

I am involved in the theatre productions at my high school, speech team, Teen Council, and interact. I love being outdoors and on adventures. I am a very busy bee but manage to find to time to spend good laughs with my AMAZING group of friends. I have lived in Steamboat the vast majority of my life. I have a beautiful Mother and an incredible father who have both supported me in everything that I do. Their support has been impeccable on my life and I am very lucky to have them. I've lived a very blessed life in the steamboat valley, but have encountered some bullying growing up, which later led to partnering up with Heather. In my lifetime I have had 5 people close to my heart attempt suicide. I am not alone on this. Suicide is common and society puts any truth in that statement under a rug to never be talked about. Finally, after a very specific event, I decided to speak up and demand a change.

I know… "People kill themselves because they feel depressed and alone, but we are not alone and suicide is preventable." In the presentations I talk about how the kids in our community must speak up if they are noticing any changes in their friend or themselves. I emphasize that we are not alone in the battle of suicide and bullying. Hopefully I give a message of hope.

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