About Hiran Adhia

Hiran is a student and youth worker living in East London and helps to lead The Youth of Today on its Youth Scrutiny Group.

Name: Hiran Adhia
Hiran Adhia

How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?

Ambitious, unique, funny, spirited, determined and passionate

Favourite quote:

Without effort, there is no gain.

Why did you get involved in your community?

I decided that I should use my time constructively. I stumbled into Youth Work, but I have always been synonymous with sport, academics, politics, design and the community.

What is your project about and when did it start?

My project is a mentoring scheme and it started coming together between November-December 2009.

What difference has your project made, and to who?

It hasn’t had its pilot yet, we are still working with young people to get it started up.

How do you inspire other people to get involved, and who have you involved?

I inspire others by leading by example. I believe that everyone has something useful, or important, to say, and they shouldn’t hold back!

What has been your most memorable experience in your project?

Working with different organisations, getting different perspectives and trying to get funding (it’s really hard)!

Where do you see your project going and how will you stay involved?

I want my project to cover my region of East London. I want to stay involved somewhat but it is important that others are empowered to take the lead.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt during your experiences?

I have learnt that age can never hold you back if you don’t let it. If you speak your mind and speak the truth, then anybody and everybody will listen. All the obstacles are in your mind, and only you will know how to overcome them.

What qualities does it take to be a good leader?

Determination, ambition, perseverance, strength, humility, belief, enthusiasm, a thick skin, versatility, good at dealing with conflict and bringing the best out of your team

What do you feel inspired to do in the future and where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

Personally, I want to see young people in a positive light in the media, being good role models and challenging the negative things they see.

East London
Full time Student and part time Youth Worker

My Public Speaking Triumph!

by on Wed, 2010-03-17 19:48
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I know that public speaking is not everyone's cup of tea, but I think it is great! Whenever there is a chance to stand up in front of a crowd and talk, then I jump at the chance. That is probably why I got chosen to do it. My school is a grammar school for boys, so the competitve streak to be the alpha male is always there between many of us guys, so when the opportunity came up to do a competition, there were swarms of us that wanted to do it. I'm glad though, that my teacher picked me.

The last few months have been pretty stressful with loats of things going on...don't worry, I won't bore you with the details...but the competition was one of the many balls that I had to juggle. I ended up giving up lunchtimes and food, horrible I know, to keep practiscing and practiscing. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that we had little time to do it and I wanted to do my best.

We got through the first local round of East London, fighting off stiff competition. We decided as a team that we would just enjoy the London final and the fact that we were in Mayfair, which is ludicrously expensive, in an amazing building. I remeber my teacher pointing out Prine Charles' barber and the rest of us sort of looked a teach other, thinking how can you be spending 3 figure sums on hair that is mostly gone anyway!

I was going to talk second last out of eight speakers. Everyone was saying that it is good to be near the end, to hear everyone else first, but it just made me more and more nervous. With every speaker, I started to fidget more and more and trying to go through my speech in my head over and over again. Adrenaline is a wonderful thing when you are mentally drained and that is probably what got me thorugh it. My subject was "Everybody deserves a second chance", contraversial right? When the audience got a chance to ask questions, it was like a barrage. Everything from capital punishment to adultery to drug addiction was covered and to be honest, most of it is a blur now.

As we were waiting for the judes results, I wasn't optimistic about winning. Some fo the other teams were just too polished, too confident, too good for us a humble state school.Out of the eight schools there we were the only school that didn't have compulsory public speaking lessons three times a week, we didn't stand a chance. To my surprise, I was a bit better than I thought, because I won the English Speaking Union Best Speaker Award for the London Region, making me one of the best public speakers in London. Who would have thought it, after those long afternoons practiscing, when I could have been playing football. I am glad I didn't. All in all, our school came third, not good enough to qualify for Nationals, but it doesn't matter.

As a team and personally, we set out to make people think with what we said and I think we achieved it...with a little help from Barry (if you want to know you will have to ask me!) Therefore we were proud to get past the first round, let alone come third in the second. With a slap up meal in the city to celebrate, the speaker award was just the icing on the cake of my day. Now, roll on next year....


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