Positive-minded teenager nominated for national award - The Rugby Observer

Positive-minded teenager nominated for national award

Rugby Editorial 14th May, 2020   0

A POSITIVE-MINDED teenager from Rugby who has been helping his peers stay positive in lockdown is now in need of a helping hand himself.

Samren Reddy has been nominated for a National Diversity Award – which recognise those who make a difference in their community – but he needs votes to get through to the next round. Click here to vote for Samren.

The 16-year-old, who has been nominated in the positive role mode category, recently started the #whenIgrowup initiative in support of youth charities and to also help other young people stay positive during the coronavirus lockdown.

Young people, from the UK and as far afield as the USA and South Africa, have sent in videos and photos of their hopes and dreams for the future, while also chatting about things they were doing to stay positive in lockdown, from making music to writing poetry, to cooking and baking. Click here for further details.

Explaining why he set up #whenIgrowup, Samren said: “I believe that every child and young person should be able to achieve their dreams and goals.”

The Lawrence Sheriff pupil is no stranger to trying to make the world a better place to live.

He started the first youth strikes for climate change in Rugby and collected a 500-strong signature petition in just 24 hours which he then handed to MP Mark Pawsey.

And he has also spoken about climate change to local schools and organizations.

Last year Samren was elected as member of the UK youth parliament. He has worked tirelessly since on a number of youth-related campaigns, including mental health, votes at 16 and curriculum for life.

He was also last year nominated in the Pride of Rugby Awards.


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