I am Raeesha Smit and I am fourteen years old. I am in grade nine and I attend Buren High School in Ysterplaat, Brooklyn. I live with my grandmother and grandfather in Brooklyn.
I was introduced to MOT at my high school as an extra activity. I was extremely fond of the programmes and the values that MOT stands for. There are posters about MOT all over my school, each poster with a different MOT Brand Ambassador and their quote that inspires me even more.
I was given the opportunity to attend the Young MOTivators’ Education and met the vibrant MOT staff.
At the camp, I learned that it is always better to treat people with kindness and be helpful to them. MOT also gave me the courage to view myself in a positive light and gave me the confidence to voice my opinion.
I realised that many people could be influenced by MOT and as a Young MOTivator I realised that I need to be a role model to my peers and people in my community and make a positive difference.
The three core values of MOT, Courage to Care, Courage to Live and Courage to Say No, speaks volumes to me and is essential for every person to use in their daily lives, including myself.
I am still very active with MOT in my school and have offered myself up for volunteering whenever needed, helping at the most recent MOT AGM.
I am really really grateful towards MOT and the MOT staff for believing in me!
Thank you so much!