A LEIGH teenager has won the National Award of Young Citizen of the Year, hosted by the National Rotary Club of Great Britain.
Matthew Howard, 16, who studies at Southend High School for Girls won the award for his efforts developing a youth led charity, dedicated to improving financial literacy and economic education called GAEE UK (Global Association of Economic Education).
This project includes a student blog and a You Tube channel. Over fifty articles, videos and book reviews have now been published and read over 13,000 times around the world.
The Charity has also developed online seminars that introduce young people to the study of Economics beyond A Level and prepares them for university life.
Matthew’s plan over the next year is to introduce a life skills course, geared towards secondary school students.
Matthew also enjoys giving back to his community and is involved in a number of local initiatives including the Summer Reading Challenge at the Library in Leigh.
He is also a member of the England National Debating Senior Development Squad (a Charity that promotes formal competitive debate for young people in the UK).
In the past two years, he has been a finalist at both the Oxford and Cambridge University International Debating Competitions for schools, enabling him to help establish a debating society within his own school.
In the future, Matthew hopes to study Economics at university with an emphasis on global affairs and political economy.
He has chosen to donate his Rotary Club prize money to ‘One Love Soup Kitchen’ in Southend.
Picture: Matthew receiving National Young Citizen Award on April 29.
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