Kids can be bullied for all kinds of reasons. Catherine wrote about the bullying she faced growing up in the Native villages in Alaska and feeling like an “outsider” because she didn’t look like the other kids.
I grew up in “the bush”, also known as Native villages in Anchorage, Alaska, where taking the easy way out was never an option.
I felt what it was like to be discriminated against and to be the outcast. Young teenage boys were easily obliged
Now that I have moved away, I can look back on my experience of feeling like an outcast and overcoming bullying to (one of) being proud. I stick up for my peers and anyone I feel needs the backup, and I live life as a free and happy girl that has the skin color of Wonder Bread, and loves herself.
We were introduced to Catherine when she was nominated as a Hero of the Month through our Hero facility YWCA Alaska. Our Hero of the Month program honors kids who have faced extremely difficult situations and done so with courage and bravery. At the time of her nomination, Catherine was a high school student who experienced harsh bullying as a member of a one of the few non-Native families in the community with a population of only 500. You can read Catherine’s Hero story to understand why we found her deserving of the award.