What is the Young Active Citizen Award

A special award for young people going the “extra mile” to help others.  The Young Active Citizen Award was launched to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of young people, to reward their effort and hard work, and to celebrate people doing extraordinary things.

 

We seek to reflect the priorities of His Majesty The King – Communities, Culture, Climate and Commonwealth

We aim to celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth. Its aim is to bring people together from countries far and wide, or communities from across the city and region. We embrace the Commonwealth values of humanity, equality and diversity in everything we do, our awards will celebrate young people who have shown extraordinary impact on the community in which they live and impacting on the cultural life of the region.

 

Do you have a young person who you know is making a difference in their community?

A special award for young people going the “extra mile” to help others.  The Young Active Citizen Award was launched to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of young people, to reward their effort and hard work, and to celebrate people doing extraordinary things.

 

Each year the award will be themed reflecting what is happening in the West Midlands.

This year, we aim to celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth. Its aim is to bring people together from countries far and wide, or communities from across the city and region. We embrace the Commonwealth values of humanity, equality and diversity in everything we do, our awards will celebrate young people who have shown extraordinary impact on the community in which they live and impacting on the cultural life of the region.

 

Do you have a young person who you know is making a difference in their community?

A special award for young people going the “extra mile” to help others.  The Young Active Citizen Award was launched to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of young people, to reward their effort and hard work, and to celebrate people doing extraordinary things.

 

We seek to reflect the priorities of His Majesty The King – Communities, Culture, Climate and The Commonwealth

 

 

Nominations for 2024/25 will open in October 

 

We celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth. Its aim is to bring people together from countries far and wide, or communities from across the city and region. We embrace the Commonwealth values of humanity, equality and diversity in everything we do, our awards will celebrate young people who have shown extraordinary impact on the community in which they live and impacting on the cultural life of the region.

 

Do you have a young person who you know is making a difference in their community?

We want you to capture the key points below so consider

Used their skills and talents to build and strengthen local communities

Assisted in developing legacy through the creation of improved diversity, understanding and reconciliation via community activity

Volunteered and achieved measurable impact on a specific community project 

Used their skills and talents to help other people to access opportunities in their community

Overcome personal barriers in order to participate in cultural opportunities in their community (educational institution or wider community)

Helped other people overcome barriers and participate in community opportunities 

Been innovative in developing or working on a community project

Our winners in 2023/24 were:

Joey Rowley | 9 years old

Joey is nine years old and has experienced many physical health challenges during his life. Already coping with a metabolic condition which can unpredictably cause his blood sugar to drop without much warning, last year he also spent a lot of time in and out of hospital.

 

Joey throws himself into life with gusto and is always ready to try new challenges, even if they scare him a bit! He has been an active member of 1st Halesowen Scout Group, where he worked hard to earn his Chief Scout Bronze Award, the highest honour a Beaver Scout can gain.

 

He graduated to Cubs in 2022 and has joined in with sleepovers, camps, outdoor activities and water activities, all whilst making sure he takes responsibility for his conditions and keeps himself well so he can carry on and keep up with the rest of the Cubs! He is often found quietly encouraging other Cubs to get involved if they are feeling nervous, and is the first to comfort friends if they are upset.

 

Not only is he a great team member within his Cub Pack, he does it all with a smile on his face.

Joel is a valued member of Walsall’s Young Person’s engagement group “Young people seen, young people heard” where he gives up his personal time to contribute to the work with the Local Authority to shape services for young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Walsall. Joel has Autism and anxiety, which is why the work he does makes him even more inspiring.

 

Joel provides support to enable other young people to feel comfortable and confident to share their views.

 

Joel has been instrumental in co-designing and co-producing Walsall’s new SEND Local Offer website. He was a major part of the discussions about not only what he feels the young people of Walsall would like the SEND Local Offer to look like, but more importantly what information the young people of Walsall with SEND need to have available to them on the SEND Local Offer.

Inshira Khan

Joel Rushton

Millie Clarke

Mia Clarkson 

Mia has dedicated most of her life to serving others by volunteering.  She is studying medicine in Birmingham and has developed her first aid skills and deployed for hundreds of hours at Edgbaston, Pride and Night Time Economy cover in the city centre, a service looking after the most vulnerable people and ensure NHS resources are kept free.

 

In the last year Mia has gone further and opened a local St John Ambulance Badger Sett (St John Ambulance’s scheme for 5-10 year olds).   This has meant she has found time to train as a Youth Leader; recruited volunteers to run the weekly sessions, and planned programmes. This incredible hard work has led to the new youth provision for 10 youngsters with plans to increase size very soon.

 

Her dedication to her peers, patients, Badgers and community is unparalleled

Megan is truly inspirational and is extremely passionate about improving the lives of children and families dealing with special educational needs and disabilities in Wolverhampton.

 

She is an active member of HY51 Youth Forum where she meets with other young people who know what it’s like to live with additional needs.  Megan sees her role as extremely important and refers to it as her ‘job’ to represent the voices and opinions of others to drive change where it matters most.

 

In addition to this work, Megan has completed an Independent Living Skills course at Dudley College where she has been an advocate for other students on changes that are needed. She is an aspiring actor attending acting classes and cheerleading classes.

 

Megan will speak up for what she believes in which is to make Wolverhampton the best it can be for all young people but especially for those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Inshira Khan

Megan Baynham