An Army Cadet from South East London has become one of the youngest people ever to be recognised in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours list.
17-year-old Colour Sergeant Jeremiah Emmanuel will receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his exemplary record as a role model Army Cadet, his record of volunteering in his local community and his central involvement in founding social justice charity One Big Community (1BC) to help youth organisations to engage with decision-makers.
He has sung in hospitals as a member of a youth choir, been involved in youth politics as a member of the Youth Parliament, and by 13 was Deputy Young Mayor of Lambeth.
Last year Colour Sergeant Emmanuel received the British Red Cross Humanitarian First Aid Award for his successful efforts using his Army Cadet training to save the life of an 18-year-old who had been stabbed in the head, chest, back and leg.
Jeremiah says he hopes his award will motivate other young people to get involved in social action.
"Hopefully a 17-year-old receiving a Queen's honour can be an inspiration to other young people to wake up and say, 'Today I can bring a change in my community.'"