Friday, 25 April 2014

Nominate a young rising star

An annual awards event aimed at recognising and rewarding inspirational young people in the local area got underway this week.

The North Ayrshire Rising Stars Awards celebrate the talents of young people aged 18 and under who encourage others to follow in their footsteps. The 2014 event will culminate with an awards ceremony in June.

Organisers would like to hear about special young people who deserve to be commended for their achievements or contributions to the community, such as a youth group that has helped to improve their local area, a community champion who has inspired others or a popular classmate who has overcome adversity to get on in life.

North Ayrshire Council’s Youth Services team will shortlist the nominations after the closing date on Friday, May 2nd. A judging panel will then consider the final group of nominations and choose the winners.

There are six categories: Creative Achievement; Sports Achievement; Outstanding Contribution to the Community; Personal Achievements; Outstanding Academic Achievement; and the Group/Club Award. In addition, two special award winners will be decided by the judging panel.

Nominations from those under 18 must be supported by an adult, such as a teacher, social worker, youth worker or play worker who knows the person or group. A signature from the supporting adult is also required.

Young people can’t nominate themselves but can nominate others, provided the nominees are of secondary school age up to 18 years. The application form provides a chance to explain why the person being nominated should receive recognition in the North Ayrshire Rising Stars Awards. Photos, videos, CDs or other examples of work can also be submitted to support nominations.

Mary Docherty, Head of Education at North Ayrshire Council, explained the reason for the awards, “There are many inspirational young people out there who give us good reason to be confident for our future. These enthusiastic and committed individuals help to enrich the lives of those around them and instil a strong sense of community spirit.

“This is an ideal opportunity to recognise and reward the very special young people we have among us.

“I would urge the residents of North Ayrshire to join us in showing appreciation of our young people and their efforts by completing a nomination form.”

Forms are available here.

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