Mohammed’s story in his own words:

“I started the DofE in 2016 as a new opportunity to try something new for myself and found I have really enjoyed it which has led me on to Silver and Gold. This has now led to me being a DofE ambassador which has allowed me to use my influence to promote DofE.”

“I’d heard about DofE from friends who talked about the advantages of it and how useful it could be for your CV or personal statements on job applications and I definitely didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity. I went in knowing that I would enjoy the trips, feeling very optimistic and sure that it would be an unforgettable experience.”

“The DofE teaches you how to adapt to situations that you find yourself in which is so important and really applies to every scenario in life. When there is a new situation or something you have to get through, learning how to adapt your mind set, using your physical and mental capabilities, is so important.”

“I also learned about planning ahead something that I didn’t do very well in my Bronze but did by my Silver. You have to make sure your plan matches the goal, that you have your required time frame. For our expedition we knew we had to cover a certain distance every day, we walked for six hours, planned so we didn’t take any impossible routes and thought about different things that could happen and how we would manage.”

“I really enjoyed just getting out into nature. I don’t’ go out much and it made me more socially active. I did it with my friends and had a great time.”

“I like the idea of being in a position to oversee something. I’m looking forward to working with other young people, taking on new challenges and learning valuable lessons. I’m hoping to act as a mediator, ensuring good balance and equilibrium, fairness and ensuring that everyone has the chance to be heard.”

“I don’t believe young people are heard as much as they should be. In areas like politics young people don’t have much of a say. Decisions are made by older people regardless of whether they are impacting on the young. The DofE are giving young people a valuable opportunity to speak out on what matters to them.”