National Youth Council recognises work of Bolton's youngsters
BOLTON’S Youth Council has received a national award for its efforts to engage young people.
The Inspiring Projects Award, which is handed out by the British Youth Council, was presented to Bolton’s young councillors in recognition of a wide range of innovative and important projects for young people.
The recent work of the council, which meets weekly at the YMCA in Deansgate, has included the production and filming of a bullying awareness DVD, a political “speed rating” event — which brought young people face to face with Bolton councillors — and the creation of a youth unemployment petition which gained 3,000 signatures.
Two of the group also sit on a new anti-bullying steering group with Bolton Council.
Perhaps most impressively, the youth council put forward a youth unemployment motion that was passed at a recent meeting of Bolton’s full council.
Participation officer Ciara Steele, who nominated the group for the award, said: “They are all volunteers who give up their own time in the hope of making a difference for young people. They have created a number of important projects and I thought they should be recognised for their inspiring work.”
The council is made up of a diverse range of young people as well as two elected Youth MPs.
Ebony Cropper, aged 15, said: “One of the key issues we have been looking at is youth unemployment and it was great to get the motion passed at the full council meeting.”
Anna Stokes, aged 17, added: “After the speed rating event with Bolton councillors, we realised that bullying was one of the key issues for young people and so we wanted to highlight that with the DVD.”
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