I am currently working as a Youth Worker but this would not have been possible if it had not been for my volunteering experience with Scouts Scotland and my experience as a YOYP ambassador which helped me to cross paths with my employer.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The Young People of Scotland are who inspire me. Scotland is a country that comes with many challenges, the travel distances for many young people can be a massive disadvantage to allowing Young People to participate in many projects across Scotland that interest them but they will find a way of either getting there or using technology so they can still be involved in discussions.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I have loved growing up in Scotland due to the sense of community and belonging we have throughout the country. Living in a small, rural community has meant that I have had support behind me every step of the way but when venturing further in Scotland there is such a sense of belonging and people are very hospitable to ensure that you are supported everywhere.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to understand that Young People in Scotland are not what you read in the newspaper or see in the news. We need to start promoting the brilliant things that the majority of Young People are doing everyday rather than promote the minority of Young People that give us a bad name.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I think it is difficult to chose one achievement that stands out over all other achievements as every achievement no matter how big or small has a large impact on my life and the life of others. Throughout the year I have had the chance to take part in National Projects that would not have been possible without YOYP and for that I am grateful.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I want to continue to provide Young People with opportunities to develop skills for life through My volunteering and work. This could be small achievements such as teaching them to do something they thought impossible to taking Young People away on what could possibly be their first time away from their parents so they can develop as Young People with their peers.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I want young people to know that anything is possible. Life is going throw some challenges in the way and there will be bumps in the road when you think that everything is going wrong but take those bumps and knocks and turn them into something positive as that is what shapes you as a person and makes you unique.
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