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Student earns environmental accolade for reporting expertise

City of Glasgow College student scoops first Young Reporters Scotland award of Year of Young People 2018.

Jasmine Lawrie, from Stewarton in Kilmarnock has won a quarterly prize in the Young Reporters Scotland competition in recognition of her creative talents and investigative journalism skills.

17 year old Jasmine became involved in Young Reporters Scotland through Young Scot Rewards, which encourages young people who are passionate about the media and the environment to take part in the programme.

Jasmine's entry to the competition was an article which focussed on air pollution and highlighted opportunities for everyone to make small changes to help reduce pollution throughout Scotland.

Jasmine Lawrie commented: “I would like to thank Keep Scotland Beautiful for this award. I am really pleased that my article has been selected. I decided to write about air pollution as an issue because it is something we all contribute towards without even realising.

“By adopting small changes we can help to combat air pollution before it becomes any worse. Our society often disregards the state of the air because we cannot physically see it. I hope that my article helps to encourage people to recognise the damage we are causing our environment and how we must act fast to protect our planet.”

Heather McLaughlin, our community Projects Officer said: “I am delighted to present Jasmine with this award. Young Reporters Scotland provides young people from across the country the opportunity to become further engaged in the environmental issues that are close to their hearts and minds.

“We welcome the support for the programme from Young Scot, especially during 2018 - the Year of Young People. It is clear that there are many young people throughout Scotland who are passionate about investigative journalism and the environment, and with their help we can help to address and raise awareness of Scotland’s environmental challenges.”

Young Scot, is Scotland’s national youth information and citizenship charity.  The Young Scot Rewards programme encourages young people to undertake positive activities and collect Young Scot Rewards points. Every young Scot who participates in the Young Reporters Scotland programme will collect points which can then be redeemed for Rewards such as driving lessons, rail and bus vouchers, fitness vouchers and more.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said; "Congratulations to Jasmine! She is an exceptional young person with a bright future ahead of her. Young Reporters Scotland is a fantastic opportunity which nurtures such amazing talent like Jasmine. In the Year of Young People 2018 it is so important that we celebrate our young people's achievements like this."

Find out more about how you can enter Young Reporters Scotland.

12 January 2018

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