A teenager has set up a new project in Portsmouth in a bid to improve the lives of young people across the city.
Sam Poole is the Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Portsmouth, representing young people on a national basis.
The 16-year-old, from Rosetta Road in Milton, has set up a new project in the city called The Big Change which focuses on making young people’s lives bigger, better and brighter.
Some of the things Sam aims to do include working with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour.
He is also working with the local Job Centre to look at unemployment and encourage opportunities in the city for young people.
Sam says: ‘I want to increase opportunities for young people.
‘I have always been interested in public speaking and representing young people and doing good things in the community.’
Sam became involved in Youth Parliament through school.
As part of the project he will also be supporting anti-bullying campaigns in schools.
‘The motto of the project is to make young people’s lives bigger, brighter and better than ever,’ he says.
Sam has just started studying for his A-levels at South Downs College. And despite an early interest in politics, he wants to join the media industry.
‘It’s such a massive privilege to be able to represent young people,’ he adds.
‘I’m not doing this for myself, even though I understand that it might be good for the future.
‘I’m doing it because I’m passionate about improving young people’s lives. It’s what I enjoy doing and get a buzz from.’