Day 349- Steven, 13, Callander

I’m in S2 in a high school. I do some volunteering like being in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Youth Committee and Callander Youth Project.


Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot who inspires me is my huge amount of friends. In my friend group, we all have different hobbies which pull us together. It is great to hear about everyone’s commitments and their interests. With us all doing different things then we all have more opportunities to go to and do as we all tell each other. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to have this wonderful life.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the chance to learn both inside and outside. I have the opportunity to see both the rural and urban areas of Scotland. Through many big projects in Scotland, I’m able to let my view get spoken out.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
The thing I would like the people from older generations to know about young people is that not all young people are bad. There is a huge stereotype that young people are littering, cheeky and dangerous and this should be stopped. We need to address the older generations that young people are actually very good but they just need the chance to get their view out.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is raising nearly £10,000 towards local charities and then having the confidence to speak to a large group of people about it. This money went to many charities one containing Callander Youth Project where I wanted to raise money to decorate a youth space to have a safe, happy environment to go to.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest aspiration is to become a teacher and help children get into the same amazing opportunities that I was able to have. I want to help kids get an education, then help the children who can’t get one, get one.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My message to the other young people of Scotland is that you need to be brave and have confidence and you will get far. You need to have perseverance and stamina when completing a task. You need to work to achieve opportunities.

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