High-profile judging panel announced for new youth awards

Sol Campbell, Nigel Mansell CBE and The Minister for Civil Society join forces to celebrate inspirational young people and youth organisations at The UK Youth Awards

Finalists will be invited to an exclusive event at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Princess Royal

Winners will be awarded grant funding and mentoring to continue their positive journey

    Building on the success of last year's Youth of the Year, national charity UK Youth has launched a bigger and better awards ceremony to celebrate young people’s astonishing achievements and the grassroots youth organisations that support them through their social development journey.

    Uniting the worlds of sport and politics through their passion for young people, The UK Youth Awards will be judged by former England International Footballer Sol Campbell; F1 legend and UK Youth’s President Nigel Mansell CBE and The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson; who will join UK Youth’s Chair, Lady Anne Stoneham MBE; UK Youth’s Voice Chair, Hydie Warwick; CEO of Youth Work Ireland, Patrick Burke; CEO of Youth Cymru, Helen Mary Jones and CEO of UK Youth, Anna Smee to crown the winners.

    Sol Campbell said: “I know first-hand how crucial youth services are at supporting the next generation to reach their potential. Times can be tough for many young people and these youth groups do a tremendous job in supporting them along their journey. I’m proud to be able to honour their achievements at The UK Youth Awards, alongside the inspirational young winners, to showcase that a positive future is possible for all young people if they’re given the right role models, support and safe place to go.”

    The UK Youth Awards will be split into two categories to crown UK Youth’s:

    ·         Young Person of the Year – celebrating those truly remarkable 16-25 year olds who have gained vital life skills to help them overcome challenges and achieve their goals. These achievements may be selfless, brave and, perhaps even, heroic or just great examples of a young person positively transitioning into adulthood.

    ·         Youth Organisation of the Year – celebrating the innovative and adaptable youth organisations that have overcome challenges to continuously support young people and their local communities. These organisations will have helped enable young people to positively progress through their social development journey from social engagement and learning to social action and leadership.

    Six finalists from the UK Youth network will be invited to a prestigious event at Buckingham Palace hosted by UK Youth’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, on 7th December, where the winners will be announced. Each winner will also receive grant funding of up to £350 and mentoring from top businesses to continue their positive journey.

    Rob Wilson, The Minister for Civil Society said: "Local youth organisations play an important role in supporting young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop the skills they need for life. The UK Youth Awards will be a brilliant opportunity to showcase and celebrate the inspirational work that is currently happening in the sector, and I'm looking forward to seeing the entries and meeting the lucky winners on 7th December."

    Anna Smee, CEO of UK Youth said: “Every day I have the honour of hearing incredible stories of young people overcoming adversity to positively transform their life and the lives of others. It’s about time these young people and the grassroots youth organisations who support them every step of the way take centre stage. The UK Youth Awards aim to put the spotlight on these inspirational stories to showcase just what the youth sector is achieving by empowering young people with vital life skills to positively transition into adulthood.”

    Nigel Mansell CEO, UK Youth’s President said: “The stories I hear from the UK Youth network never fail to inspire me. The resilience many young people showcase during turbulent times is not only testament of their hard work and dedication but also of the youth workers and organisations that support them on that journey. It’s a real honour to celebrate both of these at the UK Youth Awards.”

    For more information and to submit an award nomination, please click here. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 13th November, with the winners being announced on 7th December. 


    For more information, please contact:

    Emma Roberts, Communications Manager, UK Youth

    E: emma.roberts@ukyouth.org M: 07455 554 690

    About UK Youth

    UK Youth is a leading national charity that empowers over 700,000 young people, aged 9-25, to take control of their own lives and offers them the support, encouragement and opportunities needed to reach their full potential. The aim is for every young person UK Youth works with, to become a positive force for change in their own life, and the lives of others. For more information please visit www.ukyouth.org



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