Amy works for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a government organisation that looks to improve the economic development of the highlands and islands. She is in the Tourism team and also helps businesses access help to be more innovative.
Amy is also a volunteer director on the board of a mental health charity called Birchwood Highland. Her role is to ensure that the charity is being operated legally and to make decisions about their future.
Which young Scot inspires you?
All of my fellow YoYP ambassadors are pretty cool – especially the younger ones! I love seeing how confident they are at ambassador events and how they share their view of the world – I find their outlook very inspiring!
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
In Scotland, you can be whoever you want to be. We can choose our career, we can choose who we love, we can choose to voice our own opinions and we can choose to vote for who we want to govern our country. Many young people around the world do not have the same freedom as us so it is important for us not to take our liberties for granted.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Young people are awesome. Most of us are law-abiding, ambitious and caring individuals who are wanting to create good in our society and learn from others. Please do not let the actions of so few colour your opinion of a whole generation.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date has been becoming a volunteer director of Birchwood Highland, a mental health charity. However, I would also say overcoming my fear of the dentist last year was also a big moment (thanks to my friend, Sarah)!
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to make sure that I leave the world in a better place than when I arrived. I want to go through life knowing I experienced everything I could and knowing I helped people where I could. I would also love to go to Japan – that’s top of my bucket list!
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My favourite piece of advice is: ‘Don’t Sweat the Petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things’. Also, always trust your instinct, even if people tell you not to. 9/10 times you are right and 1/10 times you learn something.
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