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2154. Lewis Swire

Lewis Swire, aged 16, from Edinburgh, created ‘The Curious Times’, an online magazine by young people for young people.

During the pandemic in 2020, Lewis was inspired to set up the non-profit magazine after recognising that a number of young people were experiencing feelings of isolation and disconnection.  Since then, he has built a community of hundreds of thousands, across over 100 countries, to provide a safe, online space for them to share ideas and issues facing their generation. The website’s content, featuring art, poetry, games and journalism, is entirely created by young people aged 9-17 and the platform also aims to improve the mental health and personal development of the young participants. 

Lewis’ magazine has a board of 20 editors and over 200 writers, focusing on topics such as current affairs, culture, arts, and tech. Lewis also co-founded ‘The Global Young Entrepreneur Society’ in 2021, a non-profit platform for entrepreneurial growth and start-up advice, publishing content on its website and YouTube channel such as interviews with successful entrepreneurs, politicians, and academics.

Lewis said:

“On behalf of The Curious Times I wish to thank the Prime Minister in recognising the work and passion of young people in the Points of Light programme. I am honoured to receive this award and thrilled to know that the voices of young people are being heard at the highest level of Government.”

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