Charlotte Liddell, a charity volunteer, has been chosen to be mentored by Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
Mother-of-two Liddell, 20, was chosen by Sturgeon from over 200 inspiring applicants from around Scotland because of her volunteering work with the Gingerbread charity in Fife.
Liddell left school at the age of 14 to be a carer for a relative and now works with the charity to support single parents and vulnerable families.
The First Minister launched the competition to find a young woman to mentor on International Women’s Day in March. The competition was launched in a bid to inspire more female leaders.
Speaking about being chosen to be mentored, Liddell said, “I want to inspire others just as the First Minister inspired me.”
“I want people to know that no matter what happens in your life, you can still succeed.”
“Too often, young people are told they will never amount to anything – especially young parents.”
“By being chosen for this mentorship, I hope I will help other young people to believe themselves, especially those whose voices are not heard.”
Sturgeon said, “Charlotte immediately struck me as someone with the passion and determination to make a difference to her community and to young people – especially for those who face tough challenges in life.”
“Charlotte is a really impressive young woman who has already achieved so much and I hope the mentoring experience over the next year will be of real benefit to her and help her achieve her ambitions for the future.”
“I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with Charlotte – but I have no doubt that I will also learn a lot from her.”
“The number and quality of applications to be my mentee was exceptional and narrowing it down to just one was a really tough decision.”