A teacher and volunteer worker in Moss Side, who was the youngest qualified Teaching Assistant in Britain, received a special award from the Prime Minister earlier this month.
Kemoy Walker, 25, was recognised as part of the Points of Light scheme, an award programme highlighting the impact of volunteer workers in their community.
The Jamaican native moved to Moss Side aged 11, where he became involved in running a popular youth club, and founded the KYSO performing arts group.
Kemoy said: “Often we do things in life that take up a huge time but it’s worth it when you have a passion for something.
“To win an award from the Prime Minister is a major achievement and something I never thought that a young person from Moss Side could win”.
Kemoy was also a driving force behind the foundation of the Manchester Youth Council, he is a trustee of Young Advisors, a charity getting young people involved the community.
The 25-year-old is well known around Manchester for his work in the community, and was previously recognised in 2012 when he met the Queen at a garden party.
Nonetheless, he remained humble, adding: “I have to say that I enjoy making a difference and to be recognised for it is brilliant, thank you for this, I am still in shock”.
Kemoy received his certificate by post along with a letter from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, praising his work.
He said: “Kemoy has shown himself to be a real community champion, supporting and empowering Moss Side’s young people to get the skills and opportunities they need to shape their own lives and make the changes they want to see in their city. I’m pleased to name him a Point of Light today”.