Young People in Ireland: What's behind the stereotype?

As a  youth worker (currently a volunteer youth worker) it is important to ensure young people are given the chance to be heard. It is important that negative stereotypes associated with young people are challenged and that young people are given the chance to have their say regarding these stereotypes, what they think about the stereotypes if any that have been imposed on them and how they themselves challenge these stereotypes and their overall opinions regarding stereotypes.


Interview No. 3

What’s your name? 
Ashling N
What age are you?
20
Where do you live/ where are you based?
Celbridge
What stereotypes has Irish society put on you as a young person today? 
There's is the stereotype that young adults are reckless especially with alcohol and making decisions which I'm sure many people have believed about me. 
Looking beyond that stereotype who are you? (How would your friends, family, and yourself describe you?) 
I would describe myself as a quirky unusual person but I'm sure people have used the words strange and troublesome to describe me. I like to dance on public streets even if people look at me funny. I'm pretty confident in the person that I am right now and I'm happy with the realisation that I'm still changing and developing as a person. I like to draw but I don't like people seeing the drawings.
What kind of things do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy swimming because it clears my mind and I feel exercised.
How do you contribute to Irish society? (Any small thing, what do you hope to do in the future e.g. college courses which will allow you to contribute to Society). 
I believe I have contributed greatly to society through the many volunteer organisations that I've participated in over the years( St. Vincent De Paul, North Star Swimming Club). I'm studying to be a social worker in college at the moment, which means I'm going to have a huge influence on society when I start to work. I can't wait and I hope I can make a difference even just to a few.
What would you like to say about stereotypes imposed on young people in Ireland?
I think stereotypes definitely exist in society, and sometimes while growing up young teens need stereotypes to feel like they "fit in" but I think most people grow out of these stereotypes and start on the search to find their true selves.


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