The Room for Young People awards is back in Birmingham for 2021, and we’re thrilled that we’ll be able to get together in person again. The awards, created alongside our partners Clarion Housing, LiveWest and InspireChilli, celebrate and recognise the positive stories and achievements of young people in the past year.
Nominations are open until 20 August (nominate here), and the ceremony will be held on 3 November at the Clayton Hotel in Birmingham. We encourage young people to nominate too, so feel free to print out the awards poster (click the image to download) and pin it up!
Putting someone forward for a Room for Young People award is a fantastic way to recognise the efforts, achievements and successes of the last year. Whether it’s a member of staff who has gone above and beyond, or a young person who has made great strides in their progress, a nomination for these sector-wide awards acknowledges just how much difference they’ve made and amplifies the brilliant work happening in the sector. Who will you be nominating?
The awards will be complemented by a series of four youth-led conversations, held online every Wednesday in October, on subjects young people have highlighted the importance of, including mental health, the future of work, and youth leadership and social action.
‘Duck to Water’ – Outstanding Newcomer Award
Judges are looking for an individual(s) who has made a great start and taken to community action, volunteering or peer support like a ‘duck to water’. They are dedicated and passionate about their cause with a focus on inspirational impact, and have become a valued addition to their community/service.
Superb Staff Member Award
Judges are looking for an inspiring member of staff who has surpassed expectations and made significant improvements to the lives of young people, by affording them opportunities, providing services; or has shown exceptional leadership skills to help motivate and drive young people to make a positive difference.
Community Engagement Award
Judges are looking for projects or individual(s) who have supported and engaged with their local community by demonstrating a desire to make their community a safe space, provide services and opportunities, improve social inclusion, address discrimination and campaign for positive change, or involve people to combat isolation and loneliness.
Personal Achievement Award
Judges are looking for an individual(s) who has used their strengths and resilience to overcome challenges and barriers faced by young people in society, continually putting in effort irrespective of the outcome. They have shown determination and passion to achieve their goals and developed new skills whilst doing so.
‘Flying the Nest’ Young Leader Award
Judges are looking for an individual who is nearing the end of their time in their programme or service and moving on to a new chapter in their journey, or who has recently done so. This award recognises the inspirational impact they have made on themselves and/or others, and commemorates time they have spent in the programme or service and/or recognises the steps taken beyond it.
Innovative Action Award
Judges are looking for an individual(s) who have demonstrated creativity and forward thinking to lead the way young people are involved in their community, project or service. They have challenged themselves to discover new, innovative and engaging ways for young people to have power and voice, inspiring others through their actions.
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