Day 317- Lauren, 19, Dumfries

Currently, I am working as a part time Youth Support Worker and Champions Board Support Worker with Dumfries and Galloway Council. I have also been the recipient of the Global Citizen Curtis Scholarship which enabled me to volunteer in both South Africa and New York learning about advocacy as a method to end world poverty. Through this I have developed my own project which I hope to register as a charity within the next year.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
Many different Young Scots inspire me. On a daily basis I have the privilege of working alongside so many incredible young people who inspire me on a daily basis through their compassion, determination and strength of character. Every Young Scot I have come into contact with has taught me something new and I am incredibly grateful to be surrounded by them on a daily basis.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
TFor me, growing up in Scotland has provided me with a variety of different opportunities all of which have guided me into who I am today. I think one of the most important things that we have growing up in Scotland is access to free primary through to university tuition. Education is such an important tool for so many and having free tuition is a step in the right direction.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to know that young people care. I think all too often we are portrayed as being lazy and not caring about world issues or even issues in the local community. We do care! We will be the ones who make real change because it is us who are going to need to live through these issues in years to come.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
For me, my biggest achievement is simply being here. Like so many others, I suffer from Mental Health Issues. These issues nearly took me away and so my biggest achievement is being able to able to stand up and say that although I fight on a daily basis, I am still here.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the not so distant future, I would like to be able to say that I have started my charity. I have an idea and I know the impact that this could have on so many people and so it would mean the world to me to be able to say that I have achieved it.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would say to any young person; ‘you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.’ You will be able to achieve anything and everything you wish to. All you need is to believe.


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