Future Voices

Welcome to the Future Voices section of the EDP website. Working with Norfolk County Council, we want to give young people in Norfolk a voice so they can tell us about their lives, their thoughts, and their future. All the articles are written by young people in Norfolk aged 13 to 18.

If you want to contribute articles, ideas or photos to Future Voices, please email, or send us a tweet to @EDP24 using #FutureVoices.

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Many young people find themselves struggling with self-identity, body image and social pressures during their teenhood.

Exam season has arrived, so Future Voices writer and student Chloe Diggines has shared her tips for success.

When you were five and were asked ‘what do you want most when you grow up?’ - you probably would have enthusiastically answered with the simplest of things.

I’ve been learning how to drive since September of last year, mainly because I’ve been told that being able to drive a car is a highly valuable skill that I’ll need in life, and while I certainly don’t doubt that fact, the idea of what comes after I pass doesn’t instil much excitement in me.

past few years have seen many high schools develop into academies - but what impact does this have?

Going to university symbolises an exciting new chapter in your life but, for some people, the process of choosing the right university can be a daunting, often stressful, task.

I’m lucky enough to remember the first Norwich City game I attended. Sadly, I wonder how many young children can say that in 2017.

Future Voices student Chloe Diggines, 16, sat down with the Theatre Royal’s new chief executive Stephen Crocker.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat - A few of the most popular social networking sites for young people.

Having been at a Catholic school for the past 15 years, the Easter period has been very much ingrained in my life.

Do A-Levels teach you how to pass a test rather than important life skills? Or, are you happy with your A-Level choices?

Although summer may seem a lifetime away, it is time to start preparing for the festival season. Especially when top choices, such as the Lake District’s Kendal Calling, are already sold out.

Many high school students feel that they should be learning more about life skills and less about how to find the area of a trapezium.

On February 1, about 2000 people gathered outside Norwich City Hall to protest against Donald Trump’s policy of banning seven different countries from the United States, as well as Theresa May’s invitation for a state visit.

I’m sure we will never all come to an agreement on this issue, but it will still be debated every year.

A petition to authorise open book English Literature exams for 2017 has gained more than 100,000 signatures and will be considered by Parliament. But, are open book exams really the best way forward?

The internet is a vast scape of links and web pages that has constantly developed and evolved since its launch in 1991 – but are we too reliant on it? Are our children being raised by the internet?

Over the past month and a half, there has been one man at the forefront of all the major news outlets across the globe: Donald Trump.

The next Mo Farah or Paula Radcliffe could be on show this Saturday when the Norfolk Showground hosts the English Schools Cross Country Championships.

Over the past few years, schools have seen a decline in school trips, particularly those that involve going abroad.

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia are only a few of the hidden learning difficulties which many people face in their day to day life. But how badly can they affect young people?

There were many bizarre trends during 2016 - I still find myself pondering the reasons behind fads like the Mannequin Challenge. One trend that captured my eye however, was the magnificent resurgence in vinyl sales.

So, it’s been more than one month since New Year’s Day, and I guarantee that 25pc of the resolution-making population have broken their New Year’s promises. But in my opinion, there is no need to make it a big deal.

A record number of hate crimes have been recorded in Norfolk since the vote to leave the EU - Brexit has definitely resulted in anything but British prosperity.

Three shifts in, and I had already decided (through my inexperienced assumptions) that I had an eternal hatred of work.

Revision is a fundamental part of achieving success at any level of education.

Britain has always been a country which takes great pride in its achievements, best highlighted to me this Christmas whilst watching Hugh Grant’s speech as Prime Minister in Love Actually.

Katie Edwards, 19, was offered the exciting opportunity to star in Norwich-based media company Rockstar’s short film Signal. Brogan Quinn spoke to Katie to find out more about her time preparing for the role, as well as what to expect from the upcoming film.

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