A host of young people from Leeds have been awarded for their part in a national citizenship scheme at a glitzy ceremony in the city.
The group of 16 and 17-year-olds attended the awards ceremony at the Met hotel where they received certificates for completing the National Citizen Awards programme from the deputy leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake.
As part of this voluntarily attended scheme, staffed by Leeds City Council’s youth service, the young people worked over the autumn leading on delivering a variety of well-deserved local community projects.
Amongst those initiatives were a Mental Health Awareness event, running a football tournament for 50 young people in Kippax, organising a health and fitness sessions for young people, and sharing experiences through discussions with older people in care homes in Rothwell.
Their hard work amounted to approximately £16,000 worth of time devoted to community projects.
Councillor Judith Blake, who is also executive member for children’s services, was delighted with the success of the programme and the enthusiasm shown by the teens.
“These young people are setting an excellent example to us all and demonstrating that hard work really does pay off,” she said.
“Communities across the city have benefited enormously from the commitment these young people have shown.
“It was great to have the opportunity to meet with the youngsters and hear about their projects and how successful they all were. Hearing them describe taking part in the scheme as a ‘life changing experience’ was fantastic.
“By taking part in this scheme the young people have taken on some big challenges, but have come away with new skills and experiences, which will undoubtedly help them in their future careers.”
At the event, the young people were also joined by councillors, parents and BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration.
A total of 221 young people completed the scheme this year with 176 young people graduating at a Town Hall event, just before Christmas for the summer programme, and 45 more at this month’s ceremony.