NOT all of us are bad.

That’s the message from Dalton teenager Joshua Collins, who is fed up with adults thinking young people are up to no good.

The 14-year-old said: “I don’t think it’s right that all teenagers get a bad name.

“Most people think we’re all time-wasting, Asbo-slapped, troublesome kids. But we don’t all sit at bus stops or on street corners smoking and drinking and getting into trouble with the police.

“But there are some teens who are willing to learn and do something with their lives.”

Joshua is a dedicated fundraiser at All Saints Catholic College in Bradley. He took part in a sponsored walk round Bradley and Deighton last year, raising £1,000 for good causes.

In June Joshua went to Tesco in Brighouse with three friends and sold more than 100 tickets for his school gala. The Year 10 pupil also raised £52 for the Good Shepherd Fund this year by selling Easter eggs.

And Joshua will soon start working at a soup kitchen for the Catholic charity the St Vincent de Paul Society. He also serves on his school council and volunteers to help at open days.

But Joshua added that some young people do cause problems.

He said: “I used to live in Lowerhouses. At about midnight there would be kids outside drinking and making noise, which isn’t nice.

“I think bad kids get away with a lot.”

Joshua is studying for his GCSEs in subjects including art, drama and business studies. He is a keen photographer and his ambition is to go to America to study journalism.