Proud Driffield student Melissa Greenlaw beat off competition from 80,000 teenagers nationwide to be one of only 100 young people to be selected for a national leadership programme.
Melissa, 16, took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme last summer.
NCS is a government-backed programme open to all 15-17 year olds which aims to give young people the opportunity to learn important work and life skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership.
Melissa took part in a scheme run by the Tigers Trust which saw her carry out charity work to raise money for St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice in Grimsby. This included organising a band night at the Water Margin in Driffield.
She also took part in an outward bounds activity course and spent a week at university halls of residence.
Thanks to her achievements Melissa received a gold award at the NCS graduation for going above and beyond in her group.
The former Driffield School pupil, who is now studying A Levels at Wyke College in Hull, then underwent a rigorous selection process to be chosen as one of only 100 NCS leaders from the 80,000 graduates this year.
Melissa has just returned from a week-long leadership programme held by the NCS at the Sevenoaks School in Kent, where she teamed up with other NCS graduates and met community and business leaders to help develop her skills.
Melissa said: “Taking part in the NCS programme is the best experience I have had and I have got so much out of it.
“The leadership week was an incredible experience and I have made so many new friends. All the participants got on so well and we all share the same goals.”
Melissa is now hoping to develop her role with the NCS and become a team leader next year.
She added: “I would definitely recommend other young people to take part in the NCS programme. It has taught me so much about myself and it is a fabulous experience.”
Melissa’s proud mum Andrina added: “I am really proud of Melissa. I think she has done so well. Taking part in the NCS has given her a fantastic opportunity and she has learnt so many different skills which she can draw on later in life.”
Tony Buck, NCS Football League Trust’s Youth Engagement Officer, who attended the leaders week, said: “We had a fantastic response from all those that took part in NCS this year It’s a tough process to be selected as an NCS Leader so each one of them should feel proud of what they have achieved.”