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Our Young Leaders in their own words
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What Ethos Young Leaders means to me

Muhammad Ahmad Ethos Young Leader
Ewan Paterson
Through Ethos I’ve been able to work on projects and work packages I would have needed fancy qualifications for with 30 years demonstrable experience. I know that I am capable of so much more and Ethos puts that same belief into every young person that comes through its doors. The only requirement was that you want to see real social change in the world of work - and you will be welcomed with open arms. It's truly a place you get what you put in. For some, Ethos is about the work experience, for others it’s about the community it provides and builds while for some it simply comes down to having that basic level of income each month. To me personally this is the first time i've felt “fulfilled” by work that I'm doing, I feel like I’m working to make real positive change in people’s lives either through supporting them through the YL programme or in the work we're doing to provide opportunities outside of Ethos in the local communities. With the Ethos approach you cannot “fail”. I’ve seen myself working in areas I wouldn’t necessarily have thought I'd be of benefit. It helps flip the mindset of “I don't have experience in this field, I’ll provide no value,” to one of, “Well, why wouldn't I be able to add value?” so freeing you from the mindset that you can't do something because you haven’t done it before.
Muhammad Ahmad Ethos Young Leader
Ewan Paterson
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