Age 16, Leicester, East Midlands
My motto is to BE strong, BE heard and BE loud. But I wasn’t always this way – I used to be a shy young boy who lost my confidence and my voice after being bullied. I knew I had to stand up for myself and for others like me when I saw a story in the news about a boy who had committed suicide due to cyber bullying.
I teamed up with the charity Beat Bullying to launch a petition to change the law on cyber bullying. I then went on to set up my own charity, BIG Stop, when I was only 13 years old. National BIG Stop Day is a stadium-sized event which empowers thousands of youth to create a #BIGchange locally, nationally and globally. We gather celebrity performers and speakers to inspire schools to choose a campaign for #BIGchange to work on for a year.
Through my social action charity I’ve spoken in front of 11,000 people and been nominated for a Queen’s Honour. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to be a voice for Leicester’s youth through being elected a Member of the UK Youth Parliament. The next big task I’d like to take on is getting every girl into education, developing a new project for overseas gender equality.