Youth Environmentalist of the Year Runner-Up
The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 2nd March. The Youth Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the diverse achievements of the young people in our borough. The awards are open to young people aged 11-19 who live, work or are educated in the borough and have been outstanding in a particular discipline or gone above and beyond to help others.
Molly was one of three finalists shortlisted for the Young Environmentalist of the Year Award. As Runner-Up, Molly received a lovely framed certificate. Reasons for Molly’s nomination:
Molly always enthusiastically participates and contributes to club activities. Molly has attended the Save the World Eco Club and Green Club since September 2020, never missing a session. She takes initiative and contributes fantastic ideas. She is a significant member of the clubs helping organise and run the making of elderflower cordial which was shared at an after school event, as well as promoting healthy eating through the RHS Great Soup Share. She is a calm individual who loves to encourage others to participate and learn about the benefits of conservation and looking after the local environment. Molly took the lead in an energy saving campaign where students were asked to enter a competition to design a saving energy sticker to remind everyone to switch off lights. She organised students to attach the stickers in every classroom. This campaign has been very successful. This also led to Molly helping the club members achieve a green badge in the Blue Peter Climate Hero project. Molly is very passionate about recycling and upcycling, turning old pillowcases into dresses, crisp packets into sleeping bags for the homeless.
Molly is an excellent role model to other students through her positive attitude and enthusiastic participation. This has been demonstrated through her leading a small group of students in planting out, maintaining the bug hotels, making woven fences to ensure the nature garden was maintained. Molly is very skilled in using tools to make bird feeders, bug hotels, hedgehog houses and nest boxes and uses these skills to support others at the club. Molly is a fantastic ambassador for promoting the importance of caring for the environment and explaining to others why this is so important. As a result more students have started to attend the Club and have become committed members. Molly has two allotments that she helps tend with her mother, growing vegetables and fruit. She is very knowledgeable and loves to share her expertise with younger and older students. Molly volunteers each week at a local Hedgehog Rescue centre because of her love for caring for nature. She keeps us up to date each week on how the hedgehogs are progressing.
For press coverage of the Youth Awards, please visit: https://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/23364881.welwyn-hatfield-youth-awards-2023-celebrates-young-achievers/