Michael Selected for National Youth Panel
An IT student from Cronton Sixth Form is delighted to have been selected as a member of the newly formed Youth Panel for the ‘Action for Stammering Children’ organisation.
Michael Scott, who is currently studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT at the College, was chosen from hundreds of applicants aged between 13 and 21 for a role with the Stammering Network. The Stammering Network is a national collaboration of organisations including, Action for Stammering (ASC), British Stammering Association, City Lit, Employers Stammering Network, Michael Palin Centre and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapies. These organisations are all working in unison for the first time aiming to ensure that information and support is available so children and adults who stammer can reach their potential and aren’t held back by stigma and misconceptions.
Michael has since taken part in the inaugural summit for stammering which took place at City Lit College in London where he had the opportunity to meet many influential people including Ed Balls who was a key note speaker at the event.
Michael, who had to complete a 500 word application said, “I have had a stammer since I was 3 or 4 years old, so I was able to include all of my experiences in the application, I also explained why I would like the opportunity to make a difference at a national level. I have overcome a lot and I feel like I would be able to help other young people.
“I was extremely proud to have been chosen as one of the ten people on the youth panel and the trip to the event in London was a great experience. I met lots of important people, including Ed Balls and the heads of the stammering organisations and I am now looking forward to attending the next meeting to find out about all of the different things we will be involved in.”
Balshen Izzet, Chief Executive, Action for Stammering Children said, “Michael is a very smart and impressive young man. We were blown away by him. He has great experience and will bring a good understanding of campaigns to the table. We are very excited he’s on the Panel.”