30 March 2012

Methodist Youth President wins British Youth Council Award

Sam Taylor has won the British Youth Council Make a Difference Award for making a real difference through his role as the Church's Youth President.

The Award is designed to recognise the sustained effort, creativity, leadership and teamwork of young people under the age of 25 in the running of an organisation or project. This may be through a charity board, youth forum, executive or committee.

Sam, aged 19, lives in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. He said "I'm amazed to have won this award. It's been a massive privilege to serve in this role. It's made even better by the children and young people that I've worked with, they have such passion and enthusiasm; that's what makes the difference."

Rosina St James, Vice Chair of Participation & Development at The British Youth Council said: "We are delighted to announce that a panel of young people chose Sam Taylor, Youth President of The Methodist Church, as a Make a Difference Award winner. Our Youth on Board Awards celebrate organisations and projects that support youth participation in innovative and exciting ways, and mark the fantastic achievements that can happen because young people are supported to get involved. The awards are special because all of the selection and judging is done by young people, and we hope that flagging up these projects will encourage others to follow in their example."

"We are all absolutely delighted that Sam has won this award," said Jude Levermore, the Church's Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator. "It really reflects just how outstanding he has been at representing the views of children and young people into the governance structures of the Methodist Church and how loudly and articulately he is speaking out on issues of faith and justice." 

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