YMCA’S YOUTH Matters Awards is returning on Thursday 22nd October in London and YMCA Humber is asking for nominations of its young people, staff and volunteers for an award.
The youth charity is hoping that public nominations can help them repeat the success of 2013 when the Community Housing Project in Grimsby was named YMCA of the Year.
Jade Asije, MarComms Project Manager for YMCA England, spoke about the changes made to this year’s event.
She said: “We were delighted with the turnout last year but to make it even better we’ve decided to make a few changes.
“Previously held in December, the awards have been moved forward to avoid the festive rush and will now take place on Thursday 22 October.
“Also, shifting back to a cabaret style, the awards will be held at the grand Porchester Hall in Bayswater, central London, where guests will be treated to an inspiring showcase from talented YMCA young people.”
There have also been some changes to the awards themselves with the focus being even more on young people and also putting forward the opportunity to recognise partners who have made a significant contribution to a YMCA during the year.
Jade continued: “The awards have also been revamped.
“The Global Link Award has been replaced with the Young Leader Award, which will allow young people who lead and inspire peers to be honoured, and the Inspiration of the Year Award is now the Outstanding Contribution Award – aimed at raising the profile of YMCA externally by honouring a campaigner, major donor or celebrity that has worked tirelessly to support the lives of young people.”
The full list of categories are:
Young Achiever of the Year
This award recognises the exceptional achievements of a young person who has overcome significant obstacles to make a real difference to their own lives and their community.
Young Leader of the Year
This award recognises a young leader for their ability to make a real difference in their YMCA by bringing about positive change, working with vision and inspiring others.
Young Volunteer of the Year
This award recognises a dedicated young volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to YMCA and contributed energy, skills and time.
Young Worker of the Year
This award recognises a young worker 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.
YMCA of the Year
This award recognises a YMCA that, in the last year, has delivered an innovative and inspiring local project, programme or scheme that has had a tangible and positive impact on young people and the wider community.
This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by an individual to the lives of young people and/or their communities over the last year.
How You Can Help
We welcome any suggestions of YMCA Humber young people, staff and volunteers that deserved to be recognised for their efforts in the Youth Matters Awards. Nominations open on Monday 1 June and close Friday 10 July. To nominate please email the name of the person you wish to nominate and a short description of why you want to nominate and their contributions for the year to firstname.lastname@example.org. The only criteria for the individual awards is that the young person must be under 30 years of age.