The Leeds Members of Youth Parliament 2014-16 have been honoured with a special award to recognise their contribution to the Leeds youth community.
Shamim, Nicole, Minhaz and Sam received the Diana Award for their time, commitment and continued hard work during their time as Members of Youth Parliament for Leeds.
The four individuals represented young people from Leeds on a local, regional and national level and used their energy and passion to support Leeds to be a Child Friendly City.
The young people worked on several campaigns during their term, and spoke passionately at the House of Commons on the different issues that young people voted as most important to them.
Since 1999, over 47,000 young people have been recognised with a Diana Award for making an outstanding difference in their communities’ across the globe and continuing Princess Diana’s legacy.
With the support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry, The Diana Award aims to inspire and recognise social action in young people by going beyond its Awards programme with youth led initiatives that empower young people to achieve their full potential and make a difference.
Tessy Ojo CEO of the Diana Award said: “The Diana Award is proud to recognise incredible young people, like the Leeds members of the Youth Parliament who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe.
“The Diana Award is presented to inspirational young people who work to improve the lives of others in their schools and communities. With a growing network of over 47,000 Award Holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to taking action and improving the lives of others.”
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families said: “We are extremely proud of the Members of Youth Parliament for receiving this wonderful honour. The Diana Award will encourage them to continue their fantastic work and will hopefully inspire others to make a difference in the community.”
Nominations for the Diana Award for the academic year 2016/2017 open in September 2016 and can be made on the Diana Award’s website.