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.

Over the next couple of weeks I will have a series of interviews up here which have been conducted with young people under the age of 25 in an attempt to give young people the  space to express their opinions and indeed challenge the negative perceptions and stereotypes that some adults have of young people.

Interview No. 2

What’s your name? 
Aoife B
What age are you? 
Where do you live/ where are you based?
What stereotypes has Irish society put on you as a young person today? 
The whole skinny girl thing... trying to maintain a slim figure isn't easy and making the 'bigger girls' self conscious.
Looking beyond that stereotype who are you? (How would your friends, family, and yourself describe you?) 
I'm quiet/shy initially and takes me a while to trust people but eventually when that barrier is broken I'm bubbly, out going and up for a laugh.
What kind of things do you enjoy doing?
Walking my dog, swimming, dates with my boyfriend.
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). 
Volunteer life saving instructor.
What would you like to say about stereotypes imposed on young people in Ireland?
In the future I wish to be a personal trainer and help people lead a healthy lifestyle without the pressure of being too skinny or muscular as well a trying to fight child hood obesity.They are stupid and everyone should be their own person and not try to 'fit in' standing out makes you unique negative images put on some stereotypes (mental health/OCD) shouldn't be listened to because it comes from people who don't understand and want to learn about it.

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