Day 36- Razannah, 15, Alness

Razannah is in 4th year at Alness Academy and volunteers in her local community running sports clubs for young people aged 5-10. Razannah is also a member of Communic18 for Year of Young People 2018.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
I think the young people in my community are inspiring because they do so much volunteering. Living in small town like Alness don’t have a lot of money to do a lot of community events but with our amazing youth workers they do everything they can to make our community better. For example, last year our yearly play scheme wasn’t going to run because the community organiser couldn’t pay the workers but over 20 young people stepped in and volunteered 2 whole weeks of their summer holidays to work at the play scheme.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I think the best thing is how accepting people are of you. As a Muslim brown hijabi girl I typically thought I would be not be accepted or have prejudice towards me. But I am very lucky to live in Alness where I have never been in that situation. I also think we are very lucky to have free healthcare and free education as I think it’s so important.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Young people are incredible individuals who will change the world step by step and YOYP2018 will be our chance to do just that. We care about the community and will help change problems that affect it.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is being a part of Communic18 Co-Design Champions. It has opened so many doors for me and has gave me the opportunity to make an important change. It also has given me a chance to see Scotland’s incredible young people. It has given me the chance to host a NHS Future Leaders Event which was an incredible experience, I also made life changing contacts and shared my views on diversity within the NHS and companies such as Google. It was an experience I will never forget.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest aspiration is to become a paediatrician. I have always loved helping people and especially working with kids. I also want to change the perception of how the world sees Muslim women and that the hijab does not stop you from anything, if anything it empowers me to become a strong Muslim woman. It means so much to me because growing up I didn’t see women that look like me in the media. I want to change that to let young girls know that you can achieve anything and faith or race should not stop you.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Your voice does matter. You can change the world. You just need to take that first step to get involved in any way possible.

If Razannah’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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