Top teenager wins award

Winning ways: Jack Meredith-Ellsworth is this month's Young Citizen Award winner
Winning ways: Jack Meredith-Ellsworth is this month's Young Citizen Award winner
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He’s been helping his community ever since his mum bought him a briefcase for meetings as a young lad.

Jack Meredith-Ellsworth started going to community events with mum Sandra as a youngster.

Jack, 15, still takes a keen interest in his area and works with his local Young People’s Service and district youth council to organise events for other teenagers.

He even designed a website and set up social networking pages to let other young people know what is on offer in Lancaster, where he lives.

The Carnforth High School pupil has now been named this month’s Young Citizen Award winner for his efforts to help others.

The prize was created by the Evening Post and Lancashire County Council to honour young people’s unsung achievements in the community.

Jo Bambrough of the Young People’s Service nominated Jack for his hard work and determination.

She said: “As people go, not many seem more proactive than Jack!

“I have known him for the last 12 months. He has in that time, joined the district youth council and become a valued member. He represents the youth council in Lancashire campaigns and also locally in a festival planning group and a new young advisors group.

“Jack shows amazing promise in events management and working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Jack took the role of deputy events co-ordinator at June’s Larks in the Park festival and did an amazing job of making sure everyone knew where to be and what to do and generally bringing the event together along with the rest of the committee on the day.

“He comes to meetings with long list of what he’s done since the last and has recently designed a website, created two Facebook accounts to promote the groups, organised an urban night for young people who missed out on their chance to play at the Larks festival due to a water logged stage.

“Jack is always pleasant and polite, and works very hard. His level of ownership over the projects he’s been involved with has grown phenomenally over the last 12 months and yet, everyone else still feels valued and as though they have a role.

“He should be commended for his hard work and dedication.”

Jack’s proud mum Sandra said: “Jack grew up going to meetings. He used to have a pinstripe suit and briefcase I got him for meetings! He has always been interested in community events and helping out.”