Dan Lawes, 18, from Manchester.
Dan Lawes is an #iwill Ambassador and founder and editor of Youth Politics UK. He has been awarded The Diana Award as well as a National Democracy Award from the UK Government for his work. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Question Time Extra Time and also advised schools and corporations on how to improve their outreach to young people.
“The Children’s Media Conference was one of the most amazing experiences. Attending as young ‘Changemakers’, we were really well supported and looked after. I ended up doing a speech and sitting on two panels. I felt there was a real mood amongst the media industry of incorporating youth activism into their work!
I challenged around 600 TV Executives on the lack of diversity in the media industry and the benefits of incorporating and expanding opportunities for young people in the work place – a message, which from the comments I was met with afterwards, appeared to have been received really well!
BAFTA have also been done some exceptional work in linking myself and the other ‘Changemakers’ with contacts. I am really hopeful that a substantial project, such as a documentary about youth social action, may come out of this!”
You can read Dan’s #iwill ambassador profile here and follow him on Twitter @LawesDan.