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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 ben.dunne@norfolk.gov.uk, or send us a tweet to @EDP24 using #FutureVoices.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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.

In the UK around 290,000 people suffer from an anxiety disorder. Often many young people fear speaking out, worried of judgement or lack of understanding from peers and family.

Mobile phones used to be for a simple call, the occasional text or a game of the well-loved snake.

In light of the most recent viral craze of a bunch of halfwits dressing up in a red wig, wielding a cricket bat and scaring the bejesus out of innocent passers-by, also known as ‘Killer Clowns’, now seems the right time to take a look back at other such displays of pathetic tomfoolery.

The difference between big and small artists - looking at the music labels, how much artistic freedom do they get?

There seems to be an unwritten rule of public transport etiquette - if other seats are available you should not, under any circumstance, sit next to someone else. Why is this?

The US presidential elections, a hot topic and one that received a large amount of attention. Be it from news outlets, TV shows, or social media; opinion and discussion has sparked from it. However, whenever I saw a story about Trump or Clinton, I ask myself the same question: was there too much media coverage? Granted, it was an interesting and often concerning subject.

Norfolk may be stereotyped as a quiet place for retirees. However, it is actually bursting with careers and opportunity.

63,000 tonnes. That’s roughly 14,000 lorries, or 10,000 African elephants. As hard as it is to believe, this is how much food Norfolkians waste every single year. In fact, the average UK family flushes £700 down the drain per year due to food bought and thrown away without being used.

In the UK, 725,000 men and women of all ages suffer from eating disorders.

Results in Norfolk are rising each year, which adds increasing pressure on schools to be, as Ofsted would say, ‘outstanding’. But what really makes a school ‘outstanding’?

There is no doubt that arriving at sixth form is a daunting experience; new friends, new teachers and a new environment, who wouldn’t be nervous? However, the worst part of all has to be the unexpected leap from GCSEs to A-levels.

Fierce, feisty and full of attitude - three phrases you can definitely use to describe Tracy Beaker, but can you add realistic to that list?

Let’s face it, opinion is divided on autumn and winter. It can be cold, windy and exasperatingly inconvenient for one’s hair. But don’t worry - this isn’t the zombie apocalypse - here are four things that will make the two coldest seasons of the year a little less harrowing.

Halloween: the one holiday that divides families and friends every single year.

Before he became one of America’s most famous and influential journalists, Hunter S. Thompson, at just twenty years old, penned an insightful letter to a friend. The letter serves as invaluable advice that any young person should take.

Yasssss, that’s totes peng bae, ur brows are so on fleek rn, like seriously m8! Any idea what was just said? Chances are if you’re over 30 you will be clueless.

We are constantly bombarded with advertisements online, on the television, and around our cities.

‘Climate change’ is a phrase that’s been around for as long as I remember, and it won’t be going away anytime soon.

Village after village the banners screamed, “Go Melissa Go” and posters of Melissa in action adorned shop windows for miles. By the end of my summer holiday in eastern Canada I knew all about athlete Melissa Bishop.

As September quickly approaches, those moving up and into A2 are finding themselves asking the same question: ‘What’s next?’

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