Lina Jovaisaite

Lina Jovaisaite is the latest volunteer to join the ?!X team. We thought it would be great for you to get to know her better and so asked her to take part in our Futures Interview.

Lina is a 17 year old student from London. She is currently studying Politics, History, Maths and English at  King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford.

Throughout her educational life she found herself involved in in the student voice, student council, the prefect body and other organisations such as Model United Nations within her schools. By listening to her peers Lina has become interested in why young people have such a bad portrayal in our society. She believes that young people have the ability to think as adults, reason as adults and so should equally have their opinions valued and respected.

Along side her studies, Lina is a part time English and Maths tutor in New Cross Gate. Working with children from a variety of different backgrounds has widened her knowledge and understanding of today’s society as well as made her even more passionate about seeing every child in England being given equal starting points and opportunities in life. 

?!X: What’s the Future You Choose?

LJ: The future I choose is one without prejudice and immorality. People from different ethnic and social backgrounds will not have labels assigned to them for the rest of their lives, there will be no parts of the country where certain communities are expected to live and even more so live in worse conditions than others. There will be a national network of schools which are all of a sound standard that despite of where the child lives or the situation of their parents – he/she will still be exposed to the same opportunities. Also, women will be earning as much as men, be regarded and treated as equals in all walks of life.

?!X: What’s a ‘think’ to create this future?

LJ: We as a community need to stop and look at all that is happening around us. Wars, poverty, exploitation, crime, tyrannical rule and many more saddening yet important issues. We need to recognise that there is absolutely no excuse for these to be taking place. It is, in my opinion, appalling that people understand just how crude the reality is and whilst we are on a path of improvement it is simply too slow.

?!X: What’s an ‘act’ to create the future you choose?

LJ: People should become more involved with politics and understand that it is not simply the ‘grey and old’ that should be making decisions which impose upon everyone. We all have a part to play and so should take an active approach towards it. The basic principle of being an active citizen is, of course, voting. People should at least start with that as it has the potential to make a huge difference.

?!X: What’s a ‘vote’ to create the future you choose?

LJ: The young are the main group of people who can be targeted with new and fresh ideas, as on a whole they are a lot more prone to accept them without thinking ‘the world is how it is and it more or less works’. Therefore, education, education, education is the answer. For example, politics, as a subject, is only introduced in the sixth form and those younger are not normally exposed to any of that type of content. Political education should be targeted at younger people as well.

?!X: What’s your favourite song and why?

LJ: My favourite songs change all the time. During the course of writing this I changed my opinion about a thousand times but I’ve decided that I’ll go with Skinny Love by Bon Iver. It just sounds nice, really.

?!X: Can you share with us up to 5 weblinks that you find interesting and inspiring?

World MUN   – I am a part of the team that runs MUN within my school and I think it is a great idea and really helps younger students to understand the world of politics, diplomacy and international relations more.
Orange RockCorps – This is a great organisation backed by some of the largest companies in the UK. It is great to see a project which stimulates volunteering amongst young people as well as presents them with rewards for their time.
UK Youth Parliament – I am a great believer of the young voicing their views. UK Youth Parliament allows for young people to express themselves by using their enthusiasm and talents to make a difference.
Young Achievers Award – These awards are handed to those who volunteer in their area and contribute through music, arts sport etc. It is a vibrant organisation and most importantly youth led which makes it even more exciting.
Youth2Youth –This one is not exactly political however, it is a help service for young people by young people. It is great to see a group of young volunteers who wish to give up their free time in the name of helping someone else. Just goes to show that kindness has nothing to do with age!

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