Determined- The Real-Life Story of Tracy Fountain

Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?

I’m blessed! I’m a Mum first and foremost, with 3 beautiful boys and married to my best friend. The only thing I would want the world to know is that I care, and secondly I’m fiercely protective about maintaining Human Rights, equality and empowering the next generation to be the best human beings they can be.

Describe a typical day in your life.

I’m up at 5.30am and at the gym at 6am. My working day consists of programme development for the Middle East Youth Expo and meetings with inspiring individuals to make an impact on the youth that attend. School run at 2.30pm to pick up my boys and then I try to wrap my work up before 4pm to spend a few quality hours with the family.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?

My background is in Child Protection which I’m very passionate about, but the biggest challenge is not being able to develop myself or contribute at the level I would have liked to as the region is simply not ready. My journey has led me to launch the Middle East Youth Expo which will hopefully inspire children and youth who maybe don’t come from a secure stable environment or have a role model to look up to. I’m hoping these students will find hope at the Youth Expo.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

My mum was my role model, as no matter what she was faced with she would always respond with kindness and see the best in everyone.

Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.

I faced a troubled time in my teens and rebelled against school. I left secondary school with no qualifications and decided to escape with travel. I have been studying for the past 10 years to make up for it as a personal goal and still studying today.

What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?

I tell my children that challenges and struggles are normal in everyone’s life and we need them to personally develop. That said, we need to share our struggles with loved ones or trusted friends and we need to find the light in every struggle to see a way through it and to come out of it stronger and wiser.

What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).

Determined