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Jaymey McIvor - Essex Youth Council

14 year old Jaymey McIvor is a teenager with a drive and vision that epitomizes Jack Petchey’s belief in young people. In 2013 Jaymey, who attends St. Johns School in Epping, received Epping Forest’s Young Citizen of the Year award in recognition of the inspiration he provides to young people in the district.

Jaymey is an ambassador for his school and community as a member of Epping Forest Youth Council and of the Youth Parliament for Brentwood. Through his work for both committees, Jaymey hopes to improve his community for young people.

He said, “My main aims are to encourage more young people to get involved in volunteering, to develop public transport links in Epping, and to change negative attitudes about young people from the public. It is nice to be recognised, but the reason why I do volunteer work is because I enjoy it and I want to make a difference!”

Jaymey, who started volunteering at the age of seven for a charity supporting blind people in Enfield, won an Achievement Award in 2012 for his willingness to help and motivate others. He said winning the award was the key motivating factor for what he has achieved since.

“Jack Petchey is an inspiration for young people to achieve. Too often are young people stereotyped by society, and it is motivating to be part of Jack’s mission to change these views.”

Jaymey has also won a Princess Diana Award for the impact his work has had in the community, and received a ‘Services to School’ award from Epping Rotary Club. In April 2013, Jaymey took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. His witty speech, campaigning for the voting age to be lowered to 16, saw him crowned West Essex Regional Champion, and sent him through to the Grand Final on July 1st.

Jack Petchey Grants Officer for Epping, Nikki Casey said, “Jaymey is an inspirational young man actively making a real difference to his community.  He is an excellent example of the talented and committed young people we have in Essex so it is great to see him being publicly recognised for all his hard work.”

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme is designed to motivate young people to go on achieve more in the future. Jaymey, who has already demonstrated proficiency beyond his years doesn’t plan on putting his feet up anytime soon. “I will strive to get a good education and help improve the community. I want to have a career in politics, and become an MP in the future!”

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“It's nice to be recognised, but the reason why I volunteer is because I enjoy it and I want to make a difference!”