Day 352- Jonathan, 15, Lerwick

I go to the Anderson High School in Lerwick, Shetland. I am in S4. I am a YoYP2018 ambassador and helped to organise and run The BIG Takeover in September along with other ambassadors.


Which young Scot inspires you?
The Young Scots who inspire me are all the YoYP ambassadors across Scotland. This year has been a great opportunity for young people to take the lead and it is great to see all the amazing events fellow ambassadors have organised. This was a great way to showcase Scotlands young people!

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the amazing scenery and landscapes we have on our doorsteps to explore. Growing up in Shetland there are lots of beaches and diverse landscapes to visit and enjoy. This is why I loved growing up in Scotland.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
One thing I want older generations to know about Scotland’s young people is that we are hard working and a lot of young people actively volunteer in their local communities and this is good experience for them and has good benefits in the community. They just need to look at things like the Saltire Awards and Duke of Edinburgh award to see young people volunteering in their spare time.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
One of my biggest achievements to date was standing as a candidate for the Scottish Youth Parliament by-election in Shetland earlier this year when one MSYP stepped down. Although I was not successful in this. what I had learnt from the process was very valuable. I was proud that I was able to step out of my comfort zone and start a campaign for votes from young people in Shetland.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to stand for election to be one of Shetland’s MSYPs again. I have been a member of my schools student council for 4 years and my favourite subject is modern studies so I feel empowered by making sure that the voices of young are heard. I think organisations like SYP are important for young people to feel listened to.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
One piece of advice I would give to the young people in Scotland is to grab every opportunity which comes your way because even if you are nervous or scared there is a good chance that you will never regret taking it. I learnt this when I signed up to be a YoYP2018 ambassador and I have been apart of a national programme and have met lots of new people.

If Jonathan’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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