Meet Youth Rights Trainer, Lizzie
Lizzie is making a difference co-delivering training on the rights of migrant young people at the Coram Children's Legal Centre
Lizzie, a Youth Rights Trainer at the Coram Children's Legal Centre, tells us about her work as a Youth Rights Trainer and experience of the legal system. Also hear about her interests and dreams for the future.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name's Lizzie, I'm 24 years old, and I'm currently working at Coram Children's Legal centre as a Youth Right's Trainer. On this programme we co-design and deliver training to professionals on the rights and entitlements of migrant children and young people.
I also actively campaign with Let Us Learn, a group of young people who are blocked from taking up university places because we are considered not eligible for student loans. We grew up in the UK and went to school here, but because we were born abroad, we are treated as overseas students and are unable to get a student loan. I’ve been part of the campaign since it started in 2014 and joined because I was unable to access university.
What has being a Youth Rights Trainer meant to you?
Being part of the Let us Learn campaign and Youth Rights Trainer programme at Coram has enabled me to be more knowledgeable about immigration laws. I am confident that I can use my voice to speak up about things that I feel need to change and hope that one day they will.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
My hobbies revolve around anything to do with performing arts, such as drama and dance but I'm mostly interested in music because I sing. Music has always been something that I enjoy doing and I'm very passionate about it. It gives me an escape from everything around me and I'm able to really express myself when I sing. I'd also like to think of myself a movie connoisseur, I love giving people my opinion on movies and recommending the right movie depending on the person.
What are your hopes for the future?
My aspiration for the future is to be a child psychologist for young migrants specifically if possible. I would like to go to university next year and get a degree in Psychology, and at some point help to create a space in which young migrants that are going through difficulties can have someone to speak to about it, someone who has been through the system themselves and experienced it first-hand.
I fell in love with Psychology when I studied it as one of my A Level subjects. I had no idea what to expect from the course, I was somewhat struggling with my identity as a migrant but during those two years I was able to understand myself a lot better than before. It was the beginning of the journey I'm on now and I saw it as an opportunity to provide others with, if not the same, then an experience as similar to mine as possible.
What do you hope to achieve by being a Youth Rights Trainer?
Coram’s Youth Rights Trainer programme has also given me the opportunity to network with various people that I never thought I would meet. Taking part in the training and delivering it has helped me to build up my confidence and my public speaking skills. Through the training we deliver I hope to be able to improve the way young migrants are perceived and treated by professionals they come across like Social Workers and especially the Home Office.