Our competition to find most innovative young people is back!

We’re looking for young people who have overcome challenging circumstances to showcase entrepreneurial and community-minded spirit.

We are proud to announce the return of our Innovative Young People awards.

Inaugurally launched last year, the awards shine a positive spotlight on examples of those aged 10-21 who have found inspiring ways to further their education or boost career aspirations in 2021.

We received many fantastic nominations twelve months ago. After a tough decision-making process, four deserving winners of a £250 tech voucher each were announced:

• 10-13 age group: Schoolgirl Iris Wallace, who has shown remarkable dedication and initiative in undertaking hundreds of hours of volunteering with the Bulwell Forest Garden charity, as well as giving up her free time to help at Bulwell Food Bank. 

Iris Wallace

• 14-17: Inspirational Tooting Bec student Joely To, for her outstanding work in setting up non-profit organisation Pioneer – which empowers girl to study maths to a higher level and guide them towards potential careers involving the subject. 

Joely To

• 18-21: Artistic Alicia Perryman, from Newark, who impressed the judges for her perseverance and creativity in working towards her design career goals having accessed the services of a local homelessness charity aged just 17. 

Alicia Perryman

• 18-21: Kind-hearted Bilborough volunteer and charity radio presenter Owen Brindley, for his selfless drive to give back to people across Nottingham despite having to bravely contend with several serious health conditions from birth.  

Owen Brindley

Nominations are being sought between now and 5pm on 7 January 2022, after which a panel of judges from across The Nottingham will determine the 2021 winners.  

One young person in each of three age categories – 10 to 13, 14 to 17 and 18 to 21 - will win a £250 tech voucher. The Nottingham will also highlight their stories to others to show that difficulties can be overcome as they begin to think about their own futures.

Examples of the type of Innovative Young People of 2021 nomination being sought include:

• Young people who have set up their own business
• Inspirational charitable efforts that have taken extensive planning and delivery
• Defying the odds to learn skills that enhance future employability prospects
• Those who have grown in confidence due to online training and development 
• Young people whose career path has gone off in an inspirational new direction

Our Head of People and Development, Anne Leivers, says: “Supporting young people to fulfil their potential is an important part of our community ethos, and the Innovative Young People competition fits perfectly with that.

“The entries we received last year showed how inspirational and dedicated so many of our young people are, and we look forward to reading lots more examples as the 2021 nominations start to come in.

“Our online Career Academy also contains information about how careers can be achieved, to help progress the aspirations of young people. Sometimes a little bit of support and guidance can go a long way in helping with those goals and ambitions.”
Anyone wanting to nominate a young person should send their submission to Innovative.YoungPeople@thenottingham.com.

Qualifying nominations will need to include the full name and contact number of the person submitting it and details of their relationship to the person they are putting forward.    

They should also include the name and age of the young person being nominated, as well as the town/city in which they live and a short write-up as to why he or she is a deserving entrant.

Innovative Young People awards competition terms and conditions can be found here.

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