August 1, 2018

Shaping the Stories of Toronto Youth

Today, a student from the School to Work program at Big Brothers Big Sisters came by and learned about the ins and outs of agency life in Toronto. The School to Work program connects workplaces to a “Little” where he/she can shadow your company for the day and understand how the workplace functions in real time.


Melat is from Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute in Scarborough. She is 17 years old and becoming a future storyteller herself.

Fun fact? Melat can speak five languages: Amharic, Oromifha, Tegere, English, and German!

“I’ve travelled around the world—from Spain to England to Germany—and I think that’s a big factor in who I’ve become today,” She says. “A lot of my friends plan to study abroad when they’re older, and I absolutely think they should! You learn a lot from being empathetic to someone else’s life, someone else’s story.”

As Melat continues towards her long and bright future ahead, we asked her, in classic Republic Story style, “What is your Single Most Important Thing”?

“Be open for more and enjoy every moment—and always, always just say YES!” She laughed.