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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!