Day 31- Amanda, 13, Dunfermline

Amanda is 13 years old and currently in 2nd year at school. Amanda volunteers as a Year of Young People 2018 Ambassador!

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot that inspires me is one of my very good friends. She has been through a lot in recent years, and I admire her courage and resilience that she has had to have had to get through it.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the fact that there are a lot of opportunities for young people to get involved; for example the Scottish Youth Parliament, and the Year of Young People, amongst others. They give young people the opportunity to get their voice heard, meet new people, and gain valuable life skills, which are all very important.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would tell older generations that they really need to be careful about the actions that they make, because it will affect us in the future. I would also tell them that we really want our voices heard and we don’t want decisions made for us; we want to be part of that decision making.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I won the Young Reporters for the Environment international competition in June 2017 in the 11-14 age category with my article about food waste. It was such a big achievement because I had never entered a competition like it, and I didn’t expect to win the national competition first, let alone the international one.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
When I am older, I would love to be a journalist, because I love writing, and I would probably specialise in science because I also love that. Besides that, I really want to travel the world and visit all 7 continents (I’ve currently visited 5), swim with dolphins, learn another language (as well as English I’m learning French) and learn to play the ukulele.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I am proud to be both Nigerian and Scottish, and that makes me quite different to my friends. As well as this, and I’m the only black person in my friend group. However, I wouldn’t change anything to fit in with the crowd. That’s why I want other young people to know that they should be proud of who they are.

If Amanda’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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