My name is Toni and I am 21 years old i am from Glasgow. I have a 2 year old son and I am a young inspection volunteer at the care inspectorate and I am the current First Ministers’ Mentee.
Which young Scot inspires you?
All the young people in Scotland are so inspiring in different way but the most inspiring for me is my fellow young inspection volunteers from the care inspectorate because we are such a diverse group of young care experienced people who brings so much professional personal experience to the children and young people in the care system in Scotland.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is how much we care about children and young people safety health and well-being and future.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like them to know we are important we should be listened to and our views and opinions should be took into consideration because they do matter and to try and not see all young people are trouble makers because that’s the stigma we can get and its far from the truth we should be given a chance and be reminded of our worth.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement that will be my biggest for my lifetime is having my son but recently I’ve had a very big achievement in my life and that is being the first ministers mentee this year their was over 200 applications i got shortlisted into the final 14 then into the final 3 where i went for an interview with the first minister and she choose me i am over the moon it just show that coming from the care system and not having any qualifications and being told you won’t make it doesn’t really matter cause you can if you want to.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to achieve a long happy simple life with my partner and son and hopefully have more kids maybe even adopt or foster one day, have my own rehabilitation center for drug addicts and alcoholics and help make a change to the lives of children and young people and hopefully just at least be an inspiration to one young person.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would like to let young people know that their is no such thing are normal and if you get told you can’t always remember you can and no matter what you may be told or what paths you have been down or may have to face it does get better and its okay to ask for help your not alone, its really important to me that young people know this because i have been told that i wont amount to anything in life and i have felt so alone and scared to ask for help but it does get better and their are always people out their to support you.
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