Day 299- Emma, 17, Dundee


Which young Scot inspires you?
There are 3 people- Beth Forbes, Eilidh Forbes and Fiona Forbes (who isn’t really a young Scot). They are the three women who run my dance school. They are just so passionate about what they do and they are very inclusive. They try to meet everyone’s needs and they make dancing very affordable for everyone in the area because they know not everyone can afford to have dance classes.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is SAAS funding. It is so great; people don’t understand we just go to uni and it’s free and they don’t really think about it. It’s a really good thing we have here if you’re Scottish that the government supports you to go to school. SAAS you are amazing!

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Not all of us are scoundrels. There are parts of us that don’t really think but if you equip young people we can do amazing things.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I went on the Road to Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) last summer and it is a leadership course and daily activities over 5 days. Every activity had water involved and I have a fear of drowning after a traumatic experience when I was 7. I also had to learn how to ride a bike from scratch. Going on that experience was a really big achievement for me because I am not an outdoorsy person at all.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I think if I have a successful musical theatre career it would be great because I love musical theatre and it would mean I would be earning money! I think it would be good to have a presence in that industry for younger black girls to see that if I can make it why can’t they.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I think for young people in Scotland- you matter and you can make a change. If you try hard enough and you put your mind to it, you can make a difference!

If Emma’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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