I first got involved in social action in year 8 (4 years ago) – I was voted Chair of our School Council and campaigned for school improvement. I took pride in championing the student voice to the Senior Leadership Team and facilitating meaningful conversations – ensuring that no idea, no matter how small, was not lost. We held the school accountable to their promises and made many changes.
I then applied for UNICEF UK’s national Youth Advisory Board and had the same empowering experience again – but different and eye-opening in other ways. At the Youth Board we implemented the #iwill Power of Youth Charter and advocated for UNICEF and child rights. I’m particularly proud of speaking on CBBC Newsround, petitioning the Government and working with young people from Australia. (https://www.unicef.org.uk/working-with-young-people/youth-voice-unicef-uk)
I’m also a leading activist in our local Rights Respecting Town initiative (the first in the country), which works to create a kinder, fairer and safer community. It’s rewarding to work so close to home.