The Young Active Citizen Award

For some time, the Lord-Lieutenant has wanted to recognise young people who truly make a difference to their local communities.


Until 2020 there had not been 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.

Young Active Citizen 2021


Nominations are now open for the Active Young Citizen Award 2021.  Coventry is the City of Culture, and we want to celebrate young people who have had an extraordinary impact on the artistic and cultural life of the West Midlands.


It is easy to nominate.  Simply download the nomination form below and return it to by midnight on 1st October 2021.


Young Active Citizen 2020


The year 2020 has been especially tough for young people who have struggled with home schooling and been without daily contact with friends and their wider support group.


Yet with these challenges many young people have shown remarkable resilience and a number have been involved in helping others in the community who they view as having a harder time than them.


The focus of the Award in 2020 was to acknowledge the outstanding contribution young people made during the Covid -19 pandemic.


Nominations came from across the region with young people showing caring, dedication and passion to help others. As well as dedicating many hours of volunteering, many showed initiative and imagination in how they were helping others.


Harvey Kataria

St Michael’s School, Sandwell who supported and promoted the Black Country foodbank with a “ Kindness Is Powerful” campaign around National Kindness Day on 13 November.

Emily and Oliver Lonsdale

Bristnall Hall Academy, Oldbury who coordinated their own food donation scheme and promoted it to support the Smethwick Foodbank.

Saimah Zulfiquar

Edgbaston High School for Girls, who read and recorded a different book each week that could be accessed to the younger pupils in the school to support home schooling.

Jayme Nelson

Sandwell Community School who used the year to turn his life around and achieve some amazing results that include winning a Young Writer’s Prize for his short poem “Stuck in the Freezer”.

Grace Bullman

Finham Park School in Coventry used a wheel barrow to go round the streets locally and give books and teddies to children.

Aran Bansal

King Edward’s School, Edgbaston set up the “26 Challenge” which aimed to raise money for the NHS to make up for money not being raised from marathons. He got his school on a 260km bike ride in May, on fitness campaigns with 26 press-ups and running 26 miles a week to raise a staggering £8,100 for the NHS charity!

Liam Ubalde

Pines Special School in Erdington for supporting his parents when both were unwell and keeping their spirits up.

Brock Daffern

Heath School, Wolverhampton who used his own 3D printer to produce headbands for protective visors before distributing them to the NHS.

Ashley Copson

Pool Hayes Academy in Willenhall volunteered for Walsall Outreach and delivered hampers, fish and chips to the elderly, vulnerable and homeless every week.

J-Jay and Maison Whiston

Ninestiles, an Academy in Acocks Green volunteered for the Fox Hollies Forum, a community group that represents 4,000 local residents. They set up a Youth Kitchen and Youth Club, hoping to keep children like them from hanging around the streets, or sitting at home attached to a phone or games console.

Emma Wood and Chelsea Jade Grant

St Michaels, Sandwell, who played a major role in improving a local park and being advocates for young people in the community.