Day 242- Katie, 17, Prestwick

Katie attends Prestwick Academy, and is in sixth year; she would like to go on and study Politics at University. She is employed part time in a cafe in Prestwick as a waitress.


Which young Scot inspires you?
Jessica Hartshorn, Chair of the South Ayrshire Youth Forum, inspires me because she puts 100% effort into everything she does for the youth forum, and never says no to helping out.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about living in Scotland is the number of benefits we have – free education and healthcare means that anyone, from a range of backgrounds, has the same opportunities as everyone else and I believe this is crucial to promote equality. Besides this, I believe Scotland is a totally unique country and I love all of our different trademarks – from our food to the weather to our accent – which sets us apart from the rest of the world. I wouldn’t want to grow up anywhere else.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
It is important for older generations to realise that young people aren’t really that bad at all! There are so many of us who spend a great deal of time helping others and making the most of the advantages we are given. All young people like to have a good time – the older generation sometimes need to be reminded that they were once young too. Although, we are growing up in a totally different world to those before us – customs and traditions have changed.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement to date would be my work through the South Ayrshire Youth Forum. As Vice Chairperson, I have been able to make the most of so many opportunities in my local area and helped influence local decision making, educate others and enjoy it at the same time. Without a doubt, it is one of the most worthwhile things I have done.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future, I want to go on making my mark – I want to be the change I want to see in the world. I want to keep learning, but also achieve happiness and be totally content with life, having achieved my goals and aspirations.…and see Ayr United win the league.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
We are the voice of the future and have the potential to change the world. Allow your voice to be heard, go out and get involved with the opportunities available to you and don’t waste time!

If Katie’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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