Sam (18) is a college student studying social sciences, and he also volunteers with Young Scot, for the Youth Commission for Mental Health and for Renfrewshire Youth Voice.
Which young Scot inspires you?
Mhairi Black MP inspires me as the youngest MP because she helps young people get more involved in politics and is making young people more active and vocal in that space.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The people and Paisley are my favourite things about Scotland. The people are so nice, kind and generous and also extremely helpful, while Paisley is my home town and I’m always fascinated when I leave my house by the buildings and people of Paisley.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I want older generations to know that we are very much active and we don’t do nothing. This stereotype needs to go. All the young people I know do so much whether that be sports, MSYP, MYPs, Youth clubs, Volunteers, and events like the Young Scot awards. They are doing great in trying to tackle this stereotype.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is when I did an article about my experience of racism to raise awareness of bullying and its link to mental health. With this experience I was also involved in the Fairer Future project on the race equality framework.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
One thing I want to achieve is equality for all, as I am very passionate about this due to the experiences I went through. I don’t want anyone to go through or experience bullying in any form.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Be your own person- don’t follow others. It’s your life, not theirs.
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