Day 357- Katie, 15, Uddingston

I’m currently at school 4 days per week, studying maths, English, French, business, modern studies and biology. I go to college 1 day a week to study childcare! I have a part time job in a tanning salon which I love.


Which young Scot inspires you?
Rachael McCully is a Young Scot who inspires me. She is a fellow member of South Lanarkshire Youth Council the Communic18 co-design leader for YOYP 2018. She does so many amazing things for the young people she represents and recently won a very well deserved award “Year of Young People Champion”. Rachael inspires me to be the best I can be and do great things in the community!

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is being able to see young people influence change. As a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, I have seen first hand the amazing things that young people can achieve. For example, the first minister recently announced that the UNCRC will be incorporated into Scots law, which is fab!!

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like people from older generations to know that young people do know what they are taking about when it comes to politics and decisions that affect them. It would be fab if “Votes at 16” could be put in place all over the UK!!

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date was standing as a candidate in, and being elected in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections. I never thought I would be able to do it, but with hard work and the help of my school and SYP support worker, I managed and it’s now the thing that I do that I’m the most proud of.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
At then end of this year, I’m hoping to leave school and go into an apprenticeship in a nursery. In the future I would like to go to college and University to train to become a midwife. I think it would be such a rewarding job!

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
A message I would give other young people in Scotland is that it’s okay not to be okay, and it’s okay risks for help when you need it. Never suffer alone. There are always people around to help! Always believe in yourself and be the best you can be.

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