The third annual Youth Conference, held by Havant Borough Council has been hailed a success.
More than 70 students from all nine secondary schools in the borough attended the conference which included interactive sessions with Southern Domestic Abuse Service and Havant & East Hants MIND (a local mental health charity).
Guest speakers, Joe Wells, an author and comedian, and a representative from National Citizen Service delivered inspiring speeches before the students had a chance to take part in a question and answer session with councillors.
An introduction to voting exercise also took place involving three different charities giving presentations on the work they do. This gave the young people chance to vote and decide which should gain a £2,500 grant from the council.
Music Fusion was rewarded with the most votes and received the £2,500 grant. Beat the Bullies was awarded £1,000 and Motiv8 £500.
Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet Lead for Communities and Housing, said: "The third Havant Youth Conference was again a great success.
"The young people were fully engaged with the voting during the "Inspiring You" part of the conference, they also held their ward councillors to account during the question and answer session which I very much enjoyed. I am sure we have some future councillors among them if not a future MP."