Inspirational Youth Awards Finalists Announced

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The Inspirational Youth Awards, now in its second year, is thrilled to announce the finalists for its upcoming ceremony. This prestigious event, dedicated to celebrating young individuals who have made significant positive contributions to their communities, has seen an overwhelming number of nominations this year. Set to take place on 27th April 2024 at The Eastside Rooms, Woodcock Street, Birmingham, B7 4BL, the awards ceremony promises to be a night of recognition for the remarkable efforts of these young changemakers.

The selection process this year was particularly challenging for our panel of judges, given the impressive calibre of nominations received. Each nominee showcased exceptional dedication to making a difference, setting a high standard of inspiration and making the shortlisting process a testament to the potential and positive impact of the youth across the Midlands.

The Inspirational Youth Awards is an annual celebration that shines a spotlight on the next generation of leaders, innovators, and community advocates. It underscores the belief that young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow but are also capable of driving meaningful change today. The event highlights the incredible work being done by individuals and groups across the Midlands, reinforcing the idea that youth can be a formidable force for good.

As we move forward, the finalists now face a public voting period starting from today, 12th February 2024, and concluding on 10th March 2024. This phase allows the community to have a voice in the selection process, further engaging the public in the celebration of these young heroes. Following the voting period, our judges will convene on 14th March 2024 to determine the winners in each category, based on the information provided and the results of the public vote.

The winners will be unveiled during the prestigious award ceremony in April, where attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the impactful work of these young individuals and projects. The Inspirational Youth Awards is not just an event but a movement, aiming to create a culture of recognition, encouragement, and support for the youth who dedicate themselves to creating a better future.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists and wish them the best of luck in the next phase of the competition. Their achievements are a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for us all.

Join us in #CelebratingOurFuture and supporting the incredible young people who are making a difference in the Midlands and beyond.

Good Luck to all the finalists!

Full List of Finalists:

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
Adam Swain – South & City College Birmingham
Ella Prior – Make Good Grow
Evan Dale – Sky News
Jamie Wright – Equans
Lily Green – Iguana Group
Madiha Mehmood – Girl Grind UK
Renee Robinson – Ernest Young
Santina Bunting – Arup

ARTS & CULTURE AWARD
Angel Akpovi
Catriona Mckendrick – PM DJ Agency
Connor Pope – Brum Stills
Dayle Demarae
Kevan Fairweather – ChaseNotes
Lo Williams – LoDesignz
Madiha Mehmood – Girl Grind UK
Suvadeep Biswas – Content Creator

CAMPAIGNER OF THE YEAR
Dev Sharma – Youth MP
Jasmine Pole
Samiha Kalam – Birmingham’s Young Women’s IAG
Sophia Badhan
Tyrell Davis-Douglan – Prospect Living

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Adam Petty – Zaap
Alejandra Becerra Garcia – Mininothirteen
Alexios Zachariades-Layland – Joobii
Amani Zubair – Gimme Gold
Benjamin Howells – Pizza Pazzo
Dominik Kulcsar – Brainy Bar
Ellie Howard – 1709 Productions
Mya Foster – Mya’s Cakes
Nevaeh Holgate – FivesDidlt
Tyler Campbell – Fridays Coventry

FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR
Alfie Ford – a4asdawareness
Kobe Forster
Louis Johnson BEM

INCLUSIVITY AWARD
Amman Ahmed – Youth Commissioner
Batoul Jamal Abu Affar – Aston University
Emily Emiru – Advisory Council Member
Girl Grind UK
Iveta Pudilova – Happy Autistic Lady Ltd
Pravjoth Gill – BCU Student Union
Reheim Khan – Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Zoe-Jane Littlewood – Sport 4 Life UK

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Abdul-Moiz Siddiqi – Project Me-Eco
Amy Lockwood – Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Jayden Joseph-Williams – Vice Voices UK Ambassador
Madiha Mehmood – Girl Grind UK
Ollie Tatton – Stoke on Trent City Council

INSPIRATIONAL PERSON OF THE YEAR
Amaan Dad – Our Community Foundation
Ayyatulahi Adigun – Shape Youth Forum
Eleanor Easton – Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital YPAG
Hana Fitzpatrick – Essence Youth Mentoring CIC
Jayden Joseph-Williams – Vice Voices UK Ambassador
Juhie Radia
Kairo Williams – InPower Academy CIC
Lydia Hine
Manny Singh – Idle
Ruvimbo Gore – Generation Success

MOST PROMISING RISING STAR IN EMPLOYMENT
Madiha Mehmood – Girl Grind UK
Neeco Chambers – InPower Academy CIC
Roger Davis – Fitcap
Sarah Dallow – Bootcamp Media
Tiffani Walsh – Staffordshire University
Zachariah Okusi – Sport 4 Life UK

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD
Anastasia Manousaridou
Anusha Salhan – Chair Worcestershire Youth Cabinet
Fera Adebayo – Future Doctors of the World
Francis McGann – The Princes Trust
Girl Grind UK
Hana Fitzpatrick – Essence Youth Mentoring CIC
Krutika Ganeru – Enactus – Aston University
Shahan Ahmed – Sport 4 Life UK
Tamia Joseph – Vice Voices
Will Doyle

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO YOUNG PEOPLE AWARD
Abdel-illah Boukhezer
Amaan Dad – Our Community Foundation
Hana Fitzpatrick – Essence Youth Mentoring CIC
Hannah Walton – One Third Project
Hardik Singh – Member of the Youth Parliament
Juhie Radia
Kwan Yuet Adora Wong – Aston University
Kyle Whittle – MAD Birmingham
Louis Johnson BEM
Yaseer Elamin
Zachariah Okusi – Sport 4 Life UK

SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
George Brown
Keele Williams – Temple Martial Arts
Lauren Kerman – Gen22
Layla Banaras – Birmingham City FC
Libby Smith – Redditch Self Defence
Shandice Smith – Bournville U18
Zachariah Okusi – Sport 4 Life UK

STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Anna Piggott-Reeves
Catriona Mckendrick – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Danish Mahmood – Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Jayden Plummer – West Midlands Police Cadets
Kaha Mohamed – Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Kwan Yuet Adora Wong – Aston University
Madiha Mehmood – Girl Grind UK
Molly Dean – Staffordshire University
Reheim Khan – Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
ZeZe Sohawon – Forward Thinking Birmingham

THE WELLBEING AWARD
Charlotte Weir – Forward Thinking Birmingham – Think4brum
Layan Hassan – UK BAME Leader
Mallika Mahato – Enactus Aston
Megan Davies
Sana Azhar – VP Welfare – Aston Students’ Union
Tanya Marwaha – Championing Youth Minds, Baton of Hope UK
Tayyibah Hussain – asafeplacex
ZeZe Sohawon – Emotion Dysregulation in Autism (EDA)

YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Connor Pope
Creezon
Jam Coldman
Kevan Fairweather – Chase Notes
Madi Saskia
T Roadz

YOUNG INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Sundaram – EconLearn
Destiny Morgan – Content Creator
Lauren Gilbert – Content Creator
Manny Singh – Scratch Radio
Sannah Sajid – Content Creator

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR
Abbey Bree – St Basils
Atul Rana – Aston Students Union
Beth Dennis – #iWill
Emma Berwick – Zero Gravity
Gitika Gidwani – Enactus BCU
Kristian Wilson – BrumsUpAndComing
Luis Enache – Inpower Academy CIC
Muhammad Sibi – SibiNet
Nahjae Nunes – Youth Activist
Nana Yaw Antiedu – BADU Mentoring Group
Natalya Fernandez – West Midlands Police Cadets
Tori-Jade Davies – Churches Housing Association

YOUNG STEAM PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Aurelia Brzezowska – Staffordshire University
Jasmine Brittan – University of Warwick
Nimra Younis – Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Nokwanda Siyunyi – Staffordshire University

YOUTH ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR
Abdel-illah Boukhezer
Abyaan Cznn – Livin Life So Chronically
Hamaam Shire – Birmingham Youth City Board
Layan Hassan – UK BAME Leader
Kirsten Duthie – Birmingham Children’s Hospital YPAG
Sannah Sajid – Punch Records

YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Any Girl – Any Girl Netball CIC
Apni Zaroorat Community Network
Liberty Jamboree
Next Gen Leaders – Inpower Academy CIC
She Don Did It – Girl Grind UK
The Colebridge Trust – Princes Trust
Why Teens – YMCA Sutton Coldfield

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