Age 15, Manchester
When I moved to the UK in Year 3, it took time for me to adjust to learning a new language. I was also ostracised due to my ‘weight’, which had a knock-on impact on my life. But when I started getting involved in social action, I set out on a journey to find my ideal self.
I was 9 when I started fundraising through a sponsored swim. A year later, I joined my school council and in high school I’ve continued my commitment to improve school life. I’m a member of the charity committee and a Language Ambassador, as well as helping to run the Model United Nations Club. Within my local and faith communities it’s no different. I try to help out in any way I can – being a member of local youth forums, working to increase cross-faith integration, raising over £700 for a charity expedition to the Sacred Valley, taking part in a project to improve traffic congestion, coaching badminton and cleaning the grounds of a local primary school.
Social action has made me realise you can do anything if you really try. I’ve been able to work with so many different people, from the LGBT community in my school to those suffering from mental health conditions. I’ve risen from my past and gained confidence in myself.