Day 75- C’Jai, 16, Perth

C’Jai is a student at Perth Grammar school in S5. She is in a group of young people called Challenge to Change at school who are looking to help achieve equality, having recently run a large conference in Perth Concert Hall. C’Jai is also a young carer for her dad. She is sitting 3 highers; Design and Manufacture, Drama and English and 2 National 5’s; Maths and Psychology.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
Many young scots inspire me but my friends who are in my challenge to change group seem to inspire me a lot. They are always positive and want to help achieve happiness and equality within school, the workplace and everywhere. Their dedication and support is what makes them amazing to work with and they’re all amazingly unique.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the healthcare. As this is extremely close to my heart. It’s amazing that we receive free healthcare and free prescriptions. It makes me feel extremely lucky and means we can receive help whenever we need it and not have to worry about the cost.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would love for older generations to be aware that not every teenager and young people are the same and we are not all going to cause harm. Most young people do have respect and manners and want to help people out. Many of us want to help older generations out.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is being a young carer. I have been a young carer since before i can remember. I love caring for my dad and it makes me closer to my family, i love it and although i’d love for my dad to get better, i wouldn’t change it for the world.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
The thing i would love to achieve in the future would be happiness. I would love to feel happy within myself, my job and in every way possible. I would also love to be comfortable and be able to afford living comfortably.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The one thing i would love for every young person in scotland to be aware of is that everybody is different and there is a reason for everything that happens. Never judge a person because you don’t know what they have been through.

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