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Speaking out on positive change: An interview with Destiny Faye

Faye Van Rooyen
© Faye Van Rooyen
Faye Van Rooyen.

August 2016 - Voices of Youth (VOY) is an online platform where young people discover various issues political and personal which affect their peers in different parts of the world through discussion forums and personal blogs. The website was founded in 1995 by UNICEF and has grown to include young writers from around the world. Faye Van Rooyen, a young writer from Port Elizabeth, South Africa is a regular contributor to VOY.

Known on her blog posts as “Destiny Faye”, this eloquent young women uses this popular platform to urge her readers to contribute to positive change through their thoughts and actions. She is a strong advocate for improved quality basic and higher education and supports the Sustainable Development Goals and the global mandate of UNICEF.

UNICEF took the opportunity to find out who Destiny Faye is and her hopes for South Africa’s youth.

How did you first got involved with Voices Of Youth?

I've always loved reading and writing (I don't think the two can be separated) and I am also very opinionated, so when I found VOY, I knew that it was the perfect way for me to share my thoughts with other young people and also to make a difference by inspiring them with my writing. Initially, I was a bit hesitant to share my writing with the VOY community as there are many talented young bloggers on the platform and I felt quite intimidated, but now I've come to absolutely love the VOY community.

What inspires you to keep writing?

We are a network of youth from around the globe with the common goal of wanting to make the world a better place. Even though I have not met any of my fellow bloggers, I feel so connected to them by just reading their stories which I find so relatable. What I want to achieve by sharing my blog on VOY is to positively change the way people perceive their lives and their surroundings.

Who influences the writing in your articles?

My inspiration for the topics raised in my blog comes from the issues which I feel passionately or strongly about. In fact you can learn a lot about me and my way of reasoning simply by reading my articles.

What are your hopes for South Africa's youth?

My hope is that we find our place in the world and take full advantage of the opportunities and the resources which have been made available to us. My biggest wish is that just as the youth of 1976 fought for change, we should stand together and fight for what we believe in because we have the power to make a difference, we just have not all realized it yet.





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