YMCA Humber is asking local people to vote for one of its inspiring young staff members ahead of a prestigious national youth awards ceremony hosted this autumn by TV presenter, June Sarpong MBE.
The local youth charity, which has operated in North East Lincolnshire for the past 110 years has nominated YMCA worker, Jocelyn Dennis as Young Worker of the Year in Youth Matters Awards 2016.
Youth Matters is YMCA’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009.
Jocelyn is up against four other young workers from across the country within her award category. Other award categories are YMCA of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Young Leader of the Year.
She has been entered for the award because of her tireless work with young people in Immingham, where YMCA Humber runs two youth projects that assist 8-19-year-olds in difficult transitional periods in their lives, as well as partnering with the local Fire Service to arson incidents involving under-18s in the town.
Voting starts online at midnight on Thursday 4 August and runs until midnight on Monday 15 August. Votes cast by the public will be combined with judges’ choices and the top three nominees will be announced in September. All three will attend the finals night at the exclusive venue 8 Northumberland Avenue, in central London, where the winner will be announced.
Jocelyn said: “I am really excited to be nominated for such a significant award and to have reached this stage of the process.
“My life has changed so much since getting involved with YMCA and I hope everyone will support me and vote. To make it through to the final judging panel would be incredible.”
Andrew Hornsby is YMCA Humber’s Foyer Project Manager and was one of the YMCA team that nominated Jocelyn for the award.
He added: “Jocelyn devotes a lot of her spare time to serving the young people of the youth clubs and she does it a dedicated, caring manner.
“They see her as a role model to look up to and her presence each week is the stability that many of them need in their lives.”
Youth Matters celebrates the outstanding skills and achievements of young people from across the country. It also recognises the vital work that YMCAs deliver every day to help transform the lives of young people and give them a brighter future.
The Young Worker of the Year Award recognises a young worker (aged under 30-years-old) for their outstanding commitment to building a brighter future for young people and for going the extra mile to make a real difference to their lives.
For more information on Youth Matters, visit www.ymca.org.uk/awards.