Editorial Panel: Danielle Rowley

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Written by Danielle Rowley on in Lothian, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway

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Introducing Danielle Rowley, one of our recently appointed Truth About Youth Editorial Panel.

Growing up is tough, so many dilemmas and lessons to be learned, but everyone has to go through it, and it is a right of passage I suppose. However – being judged, stereotyped and blamed for society’s problems should not be part of that experience.

As a young female from a working class community, I have experienced a lot of difficulties and prejudices. Luckily I have also had many great experiences, and have had support there when things go wrong. So many of Scotland’s young people are not that lucky.

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Danielle Rowley, 23 from Dalkeith

I am very passionate about young people, young people who are often blamed for the problems of society. As an aspiring journalist, I like to challenge stereotypes and challenge the media who are so often happy to reinforce those stereotypes.

Under 25’s are often placed into categories. Once I am identified as ‘not being a troublemaker’, I am sometimes then branded as a geek, or a do-gooder. The shocking truth is… I love politics, I love indie music, I love being at festivals like Glastonbury, I go to uni, I cry at Pocahontas, I am passionate about local issues, I have volunteered at a community radio station, I listen to Radio 4, and I like to have a glass of pear cider and watch Dr Who at the weekend. So what category do I fit in to? What box must I be placed? None. Because no one fits into a pre-determined box. Especially not young people. We are unique, we are ambitious, we have many interests and sometimes we do bad things – just like every other group in society. The real truth is – we aren’t very different from anyone else (perhaps with the exception of being able to text at 1000 words a minute.)

From talking to adults (and from almost being one myself – scary) I really don’t believe that they are all quivering under their sheets – petrified of yobs and chavs hanging around outside their houses, ready to lob a brick through their windows. And I also don’t believe that those clans of disruptive young people exist either. There are a few, yes, but (again) that is only a minority, which has been blown out of proportion and become a stereotype.

Why are the media doing this? I don’t really know, maybe they want us to have a war. Maybe they like it when groups of society don’t trust each other. They do the same with the working class, with ethnic minorities… and that is the key word. Minority.

Of course, it isn’t only the media that create this illusion. It has been going on for a very long time, “Children should be seen and not heard”? Not anymore.

I am very happy, that an opportunity has been provided for a bunch of young people to spread the good word, lift the veil of negativity, talk about the real issues, and most importantly share the truth, about youth.

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