Day 174- Chloe, 17, Falkirk

Chloe is a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Falkirk East, a Youth Champion for See Me and has recently joined Inclusion Scotland to make politics more accessible.
Chloe is seeking employment before moving out for university (studying Psychology at Stirling University in September!).

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot who inspires me would have to be Grace Warnock, who launched the ‘Grace’s Sign’ campaign to see that people with invisible disabilities could use accessible toilets without fear of judgement at just 11 years old. She recently won ‘Scotswoman of the Year’ for her work. When I was 11, I was still learning to tie my shoelaces properly!

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland – second only to the weather – is the freedom we have compared to other countries. Young people are privileged here in that we don’t have to worry about tuition fees or healthcare, and we get a say in our future at an earlier age than the rest of the UK.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I’d like people from older generations to know that what the media often claims about my generation simply isn’t true. Millennials aren’t entitled, lazy, or narcissistic. The young people I’ve met through the Scottish Youth Parliament and See Me are some of the kindest and most dedicated people I know. I’m proud to be a part of the ‘Me’ generation, because they are the ones that will change the world.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is being elected to the Scottish Youth Parliament. Together with my fellow MSYP, we somehow managed to exceed the previous vote record for our constituency three times over! Since that day I’ve met so many inspirational people and achieved things I never thought I could, like speaking in the Scottish Parliament chambers on my motion that went on to pass with 98% support.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
What I would most like to achieve in the future is a job. Not many people realise this, but young people looking for employment face enough barriers without the added pressure of a hidden disability. It may not sound like a big deal, but it would mean the world to me if an employer was to give me that chance.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
It might sound cheesy, but something that I’ll always remember my mum telling me is this: don’t let yourself become a statistic. Your background, race, religion, gender, ability or sexuality shouldn’t define you, because only you can decide your future.

If Chloe’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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