Day 127- Sonny, 17, Shetland

 

Which young Scot inspires you?
Grace Warnock is a young person from East Lothian. She developed Crohn’s disease, a bowel condition and often used disabled toilets and got funny looks because she didn’t look stereo-typically disabled. She made a sign for raising awareness of invisible disabilities which has been adopted around Scotland.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
It is the people; people here are so friendly and it is so easy to make friends no matter where you go.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older people to know we aren’t lazy and we aren’t deviant. Through YOYP 2018 I hope we eradicate some of these negative stereotypes and showcase the true talents and attitudes of young people.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I’d say my biggest achievement was getting elected as trustee for the Scottish Youth Parliament. I was elected in June 2017 and this was my first year of being an MSYP. I’ve sat on the board and represented the Scottish Youth Parliament nationally and this has also led me to sit on the board for YouthLink Scotland.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to get into Edinburgh University to study Community Learning and Development. It would mean so much to me as I have seen first hand the importance of youth work and I would like to work further in the sector.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Take every opportunity that comes your way and make the most of it.

If Sonny’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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