Alyssa studies community learning and development at Dundee University, having just finished 2nd year. She works part-time at pizza hut and volunteers with Communic18 as the Equality and Discrimination Theme Leader. Alyssa is a Young Leader at Diabetes Scotland, a Volunteer Youth Worker at Hot Chocolate Trust and IACD UN Youth Representative.
Which young Scot inspires you?
I am a youth worker and the young people I work with honestly inspire me so much. They are always so true to themselves, about LGBTQI and everything about themselves. They make sure they do what makes them happy and I am constantly in admiration of that.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The opportunities that open up from living in Scotland. I wouldn’t be able to attend university without my tuition fees being paid, music costs for instruments being paid and even the NHS. As someone living with Type 1 diabetes, I am grateful for the healthcare and prescriptions as insulin is pricey.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Young people’s views and opinions are valid, and should be listened to. It may be something you don’t understand and new, but take us seriously because everyone is an expert in something.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Mine is an ongoing achievement. I write a blog about living with Type 1 diabetes called ‘Pumptastic Scot’ (www.pumptasticscot.co.uk) which I am so proud of every time I release a new blog post and people read it and take an interest in it, it makes me so happy. It has also inspired me to create my own event for people with Type 1 diabetes called ‘Young, Fun and Type 1’.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest goal for the future is to continue advocating for people. Whilst I follow a career in CLD I want to continue striving for equity, equality and tackle discrimination. I also want to improve at sport.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Be true to yourself.
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