Ethan is one of the 2018 Young Scot Awards Finalists, in the Enhancing Education category.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The person that inspires me is “Calvin Harris” as he started off at working at Safeway to save up money to buy DJ decks and now he’s the highest paid DJ in the world and one of the most famous DJs in the world. I think this highlights if you work hard then you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the banter and how being Scottish adds to your personality. How people are so generous and not afraid to speak their minds.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
For them to recognise that young people have so much potential, ability and promise and with the right support we can achieve anything we put our minds too and can make Scotland a much better and brighter place in the future for the future generations.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is starting up my own project called “Getting The Message Across” with the aim to educate young people on the harms and dangers of Drugs and Alcohol. I’ve also received a letter from parliament congratulating me on my success which I am proud of as well as starting a partnership with “Govan Youth Information Project”.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
What I would like to achieve in the future is to see my project and workshops delivered to lots more schools and local services and to try and spread awareness to as many young people as possible about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. I want to run our G.T.M.A Football Tournament yearly with the goal to inspire young people to get off the streets and join local youth clubs or football team to keep them out of trouble.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would say to the young people of Scotland if you have a goal work hard at your goal and you will succeed.
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