A call has been made to businesses in Wolverhampton to back a campaign that is breathing fresh life into the city.
Wilson Given Ltd, the business and community leadership development company, has pledged the Young Wulfrunian of the Year Award to encourage young people to play a greater role in the shaping of their city.
This year’s prize-winners are former WGS Upper Sixth pupil David Jackson, 17, of Wightwick, and Michael Maddox, 18 of Pattingham. They shared the £250 prize money after winning the award for redesigning their school council.
Bhanu Dhir, director and founder of Wilson Given Ltd, said: “Just listening to them demonstrates that David and Michael have shown real leadership and I hope that they will return to Wolverhampton after their studies. If we had more people like David and Michael running the City, all of the issues facing Wolverhampton would be sorted out over the next few years.
“I chair the Economic Partnership here and we are trying to turn Wolverhampton into a very prosperous city. If we can push our politicians and officials into doing something really extraordinary, we could secure 4,000 jobs over the next two to three years. It’s vital that young people understand Wolverhampton’s importance in shaping the past, but it is also important to look to the future, and our young people will be the modellers of it.”
He continued, “I hope young people like Michael and David inspire other private sector organisations in Wolverhampton to come forward to reward pupils’ excellence in non-academic achievement, particularly in their attitude as young, caring citizens of the city.
‘‘It’s important that we take possession of our city and work together to make it a better place for everyone, young and old alike. Young people need the support of the community. Local businesses can help by joining together to support their achievements.”