A Walsall student has been presented with a Young Active Citizens Award after gaining special recognition from the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Sir John Crabtree OBE.
Millie Clarke received her award from Deputy Lieutenant David Frost CBE during a special ceremony at Walsall College where she studied for a career in the protective services.
The award recognised Millie’s community work, which included her role with Streetwatch; an initiative developed by the college and West Midlands Police that sees protective services students patrol areas of Walsall.
The 25-year-old is also a West Midlands Police cadet leader, mentoring young people aged 13-18 in order to boost their interpersonal skills and confidence.
Millie of Short Health, Willenhall, said: “I couldn’t believe It when I found out I’d won. To be nominated means a lot to me.
“I’ve struggled with my mental health in the past. It’s thanks to the support of my family, friends, my partner, Hannah that I’ve achieved as much as I have so far. I’m especially grateful to my college lecturer, Richard for his mentorship throughout my four years of study.
“I’m glad I’ve been able to give back to others. I hope this will always be a part of my identity.”
After completing a Level 3, HNC and HND Protective Services, Millie completed a full honours degree in Police Intelligence at the University of Wolverhampton. She is currently applying to join West Midlands Police, with the ultimate aim of joining its armed unit.
She was one of eight young people across the West Midlands, to receive awards.
The young active citizen awards were launched by the West Midlands Lieutenancy in 2020 and are open to young people who show dedication and passion to help others.
This year’s winners have shown great effort with fundraising, mentoring, volunteering, and organising special events.
The winners have each received a signed certificate from the lord lieutenant of the West Midlands, Sir John Crabtree OBE, and a trip to the House of Lords for afternoon tea.
Sir John said: “We know that every day young people are doing some fantastic things to help others and our awards celebrate this.
“It is hugely heart-warming to hear their stories, and time and time again I am impressed with their ingenuity and the lengths they go to make a positive contribution to help others.
“They are an example to us all.”