Jeevan Chahal says its nice to get some recognition for his efforts but it's not why he's doing it.
The grade 12 Churchill student is the lead at his school for Student Crime Stoppers, which raises money for the local initiative and promotes anti-bullying efforts.
He's also part of a hate crime awareness program. It's why he received the Young Leader Award during the fourth annual Mayor's Community Safety Awards Monday night at city hall.
"I don't feel I need the recognition but it is nice," Chahal said.
He was one of six individuals and organizations to get an award. Crime prevention council co-chair Norm Sponchia said he hopes the recipients and their stories inspire other people in the community to get involved.
"Tonight's recipients all have one thing in common, they are truly working to make a difference,” he said.
Linda Bruins from Evergreen a United Neighbourhood won the Community Hero Award.
Shelter House's Street Outreach Services Program, Community Arts and Heritage Education Project, Broken Pieces Mended Hearts: A PhotoVoice Journey of Young Parents and Thunder Bay Police Services' Zone Watch each won for Outstanding Community Project.