Katrina is in S5 in high school and is also a Year of Young People Ambassador.
Which young Scot inspires you?
There are so many young Scots who inspire me everyday that it’s hard to pick just one, but I am really inspired by Charlotte Liddell, the First Minister’s Mentee. She does so much amazing work, all while raising her two (adorable) kids – but moreover she’s just such a kind and lovely person.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is most definitely the people. I find Scotland a genuinely welcoming and friendly country. This really makes it feel like it’s somewhere I’m proud to call home.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I’d like people from older generations to know that young people care and that we have passions! Too often the opinions of young people are side-lined as we are ‘too immature’ or don’t have ‘enough life experience’. However, young people have their own unique experiences and ideas that just need to be shared and listened to.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is getting involved with advocacy. From starting out as the Scottish Girlguiding Delegate at the British Youth Council to becoming a Girlguiding Scotland Spokesperson and a member of the youth-led project Youth For Change which aims to combat gender-based violence, I’ve been able to campaign for girls and women’s rights across the UK, as well as meaningful youth engagement. It was due to my involvement in these organisations that I was selected as a delegate for the United Nations Winter Youth Assembly held at the UN headquarters in New York. I was able to meet so many inspiring people and learn so much about sustainable development. I am proud that I’ve been able to get involved with advocacy and help to change people’s lives – all while I’m 17!
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future, I would like to make a real difference to someone’s life. I want to do this by continuing my work in advocacy and potentially working in international affairs/development later in life. I want to play a part in somehow making the world a better place, and making sure that everyone who lives in it has equal rights and opportunities.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The one piece of advice I would give to young people in Scotland is to speak out and take risks! If you have an idea, tell the world. If you have a dream, make sure you follow it. If you want to do something, then don’t let anyone hold you back. Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary, but I’ve only done what I have so far because I’ve pushed myself and taken risks. Use your voice and shout out loud so everyone can hear you!
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