Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is highlighting the invaluable contribution of young people to their communities as part of #iwillWeek 2018. From 12-16 November, partners and organisations are enabling young people to share their stories about the social action they are involved in and the impact they are having in their community. The campaign is run by Youthlink Scotland – the national agency for youth work.
As part of the campaign, #iwillWeek young ambassadors posed question to politicians. Tavish answered Joel Meekison, aged 19 who asked whether they think young people can change the world. Tavish highlighted the incredible influence of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban as a young girl in Afghanistan and who has continued to campaign for the rights of all children to education.
Commenting Tavish said:
“I am delighted to celebrate the fantastic contribution of young people to their communities in Shetland.
“This week Dylan Morrish, MSYP, and I met young people at Baltasound Junior High School. The youth volunteering awards took place in Lerwick a week ago. Shetland’s young people are always engaged with what is happening across the islands and keen to make a difference. That can be through volunteering, fundraising or campaigning.
“You don’t have to be a Nobel Prize winner to have a real impact in your community! Volunteering a few hours a week is a great and rewarding way to help make your local area are great place to live.”
On 29 November, Tavish will be also be co-sponsoring the Spirit of Young People event in the Scottish Parliament with Liam McArthur (Orkney MSP) and Alasdair Allan (Western isles MSP). As part of the Year of Young People 2018, 30 young people from Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles will come together to share their stories and experiences.