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04 April 2012

Methodist youth president awarded for ‘making a difference’

Methodist youth president awarded for ‘making a difference’

A teenaged Christian has been awarded by the British Youth Council for making a real difference.

Sam Taylor, 19, from Northamptonshire, won the Make a Difference Award for his work as the Methodist youth president.

The award recognises the creativity, leadership, teamwork and effort of young people under the age of 25 in running a project or an organisation.

“I’m amazed to have won this award,” said Sam. “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 and development at The British Youth Council, added: “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.”

Jude Levermore, the Methodists’ children and youth ministries co-ordinator, added: “We are all absolutely delighted that Sam has won this award. 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.”