The Youth President of the Methodist Church in Great Britain has won an award for his effective representation of young people within Methodist structures.
Sam Taylor won the British Youth Council's 'Make a Difference' Award. It 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.
Taylor, who is 19 and lives in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, said he was “amazed” to have won the award.
“It's been a massive privilege to serve in this role,” he said. “It's made even better by the children and young people that I've worked with.”
He insisted that it was Methodist young people as a whole who have made the difference through their “passion and enthusiasm”.
The selection and judging of the British Youth Council (BYC) awards are carried out by young people themselves. “We hope that flagging up these projects will encourage others to follow in their example,” explained Rosina St James, Vice-Chair of Participation and Development at the BYC.
“We are all absolutely delighted that Sam has won this award,” said Jude Levermore, the Methodist Church’s Children and Youth Ministries Co-ordinator.
She added, “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.”