Wakefield teenager Alex Grace has been chosen as a National Anti-Bullying Ambassador Youth Board Member.
The year 11 student at Silcoates School was one of 15 out of 100 to be selected to sit on the youth board.
He will help to represent the views of thousands of schools and young people from across the UK, offering advice on anti-bullying policies and practices. The members will also be able to help with the planning of this year’s anti-bullying week in November.
Alex said: “I am delighted to be part of the National Anti-Bullying Youth Board and I am looking forward to representing young peoples’ views about bullying and sharing best practice.
“I feel I will definitely make a difference to the lives of other young people who have experienced bullying or have been a bully themselves.”
The anti-bullying ambassadors’ programme is run by the Diana Award, a nationwide peer-led initiative with more than 11,000 trained ambassadors in schools across the UK.
Alex Holmes, Diana Award anti-bullying programme manager said: “I was really impressed with the applications we received for the National Anti-Bullying Youth Board.
“I am looking forward to meeting the board members throughout the year and hearing their views, ideas and recommendations.
“The National Anti-Bullying Youth Board members will provide a true insight into bullying issues throughout the UK and listening to them will shape our approach to bullying for future generations.”
Darryl Wideman, headmaster at the Wrenthorpe school, said: “We are delighted to support Alex with his tremendous work with the Diana Award and we are immensely proud that he has been chosen to be a national ambassador.
“We take our anti-bullying commitments very seriously at Silcoates and many of our pupils are trained as mentors and anti-bullying champions.
“Alex has been at the forefront of our work at school, so it is fantastic that his efforts have been recognised in this way.”
Visit www.antibullyingpro.com for more information about the programme.