Hampshire's Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are celebrating further success after both a current and a previous young MP received prestigious awards from the British Youth Council.
Sam Longmore, aged 16, MYP for New Forest and Test Valley, achieved a Youth Voice Award for the work he has carried out since taking office in March. The award recognises hard work carried out by young Parliament representatives in their local communities. In order to qualify, Sam had to undertake a minimum of ten hours of relevant activities and complete a log book detailing his work and achievements.
One of Sam's key achievements to date is the enlistment of The Mountbatten School, Romsey, in Curriculum for Life, the first academy school in Hampshire to sign up to the initiative. In addition he has been involved in promoting the Street Sense road safety campaign in schools, has worked with community development facilitators to support youth projects, and is liaising with Andover Town Council on the development of a local youth council.
Benjamin Farnes, aged 18, previously MYP for Basingstoke, Winchester and Eastleigh, received a Youth On Board award. This youth-led award scheme rewards innovative and exciting youth participation.
Benjamin's award was presented under the 'Making a Difference' category, which marks the achievements made by a young individual through running an organisation or project. He was recognised for his work as youth governor for Hampshire NHS Trust, as well as his involvement in the UK Youth Parliament's National Transport Select Committee.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education, said: "I am always impressed by the work delivered by Hampshire's Young MP's. It is essential that young people have a voice in Parliament in order to share the views of their peers and initiate positive local change for young people. The presentation of these awards to Sam and Benjamin recognises the significant impact our MYPs have on their local community and the important work they do both to support existing services for young people and to initiate new campaigns which directly respond to the needs of Hampshire's youth both in educational and social environments. I would like to congratulate them both on these wonderful achievements, which they have earned through enthusiasm and aptitude."