Portsmouth journalism student picks up council award for community work

COMMUNITY-minded Peter Marcus has picked up an award to celebrate his work with young people.

Saturday, 14th May 2016, 6:10 am
Peter Marcus

Portsmouth City Council presented the 18-year-old with a Young Person’s Civic Award.

Peter, who is enrolled on the one-year diploma in journalism Highbury College course based at The News ‘classroom in the newsroom’, has a long history of community involvement, including three years as a volunteer Scout leader and five as member of Portsmouth Youth Voice, which nominated him.

Peter said: ‘It’s great that the council is recognising the amazing work young people are doing in their community.

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‘Over the last few years, I’ve been given the opportunity to meet a huge number of inspirational people with the things I’ve done.

‘I hope that, by receiving this award, I can become part of the cycle of inspiring young people to get involved in their area.’

As a member of Portsmouth Youth Voice, Peter worked on publicity campaigns and organised a Meet Your Council event where school children took over council chambers to put questions to the leaders of local political parties.