Day 84- Kieran, 16, Glasgow

Kieran is currently studying 5 highers in my 5th year at secondary school. The highers include: Drama Maths Modern Studies English Physics

Kieran has also volunteered with Street Soccer Scotland (Organisation) who aim to get young people off the streets and teach them valuable life skills through football. Nearly all of the coaches who run the sessions have experienced some form of homelessness with Street Soccer giving them another opportunity in life as well. On top of this, Kieran is part of the BBC Scotland NEXT project!

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Which young Scot inspires you?
A Young Scot who inspires me is David Tennant. David’s larger than life attitude is something I hope to replica as he has made a substantial difference to those around him and also those around the world. Through his kindness and caring nature he has been able to assist those living in extreme poverty around the globe whilst, through his acting, giving thousands of children and adults alike a release from the outside world and teaching them life lessons (Doctor Who).

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Simple – The weather. Not a day goes by in Scotland without all four seasons coming out. This uniqueness paired with the beautiful scenery gives Scotland its excellent reputation for the outdoors. As a photographer, I will always love Scotland as the rain, wind and snow make for a great adventure and hopefully a great photo! This is important to me as I can hopefully build a future around what I already love doing with Scotland providing the landscape.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
That the youth are just as good when it comes to sharing and expressing views, ideas and getting advice. Every young person has a voice which deserves to be heard and at times it isn’t heard. It is vital that both the older and younger generation work together and listen to each other in order to build a better, brighter future for everyone.

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What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is making it into the BBC Scotland Next programme. I am incredibly proud to have been one of those chosen to partake in the 18 month programme with others from all over Scotland who are just as enthusiastic about raising awareness of important issues and providing young people with the opportunity to voice their opinions. This has been and will continue to be a great experience for me as I will gain valuable life skills such as teamwork and communication along with gaining new friends in the process.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would love to achieve my life goal of travelling the world to see unique and wonderful places whilst capturing it all for people to see. I would love to travel to Japan or Sweden to discover different cultures and ways of life which I can use to improve how I act in everyday life.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My advice to other young people would be to grab a camera, whether that’s you phone or a SLR/DSLR and go on an adventure. Experience what Scotland has to offer. Go to places like Loch Lomond, the Highlands or even your city centre. Capture the wilderness and the outstanding architecture and create great memories in the process to cherish forever!

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