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Time to value youth of today

Too often we hear negative comments about young people. I would like everyone to challenge that and think positively to come up with suggestions about young people who have made an exceptional contribution to their communities.

We then want to encourage them to apply for this year's Ambition AXA Awards.

As a volunteering and learning charity, CSV has nearly 50 years' experience of empowering people of all ages to take positive action in their communities.

The awards, which are targeted at 11 to 18-year-olds, have been created to recognise outstanding young people involved in the arts, community, enterprise, science and sport.

The winner in each category receives a mentoring prize worth up to £40,000 to progress their ambitions so they can continue to make a difference.

More information is available by visiting www.csv.org.uk. Please encourage young people to apply so that we can celebrate their remarkable achievements.

LUCY DE GROOT

Chief executive, CSV

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