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16,000 hours of volunteering celebrated at Youth Awards ceremony
Thursday 7th July saw over 200 students and adult VIP guests attend Envision’s Truth about Youth awards ceremony at The Jaguar Suite at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The event celebrated 55 community based social action projects, designed and delivered by young people from 25 sixth forms and colleges around Birmingham.
The Envision Truth about Youth Awards 2011 recognised inspirational groups of young volunteers who are working co-operatively to make a difference in their communities. Throughout the year, the students participating in the Truth about Youth programme have influenced and positively affected over 5,000 members of their communities – through 55 youth-led projects. The awards also celebrated the second year of Truth about Youth, a national Co-operative programme being run in partnership with Envision in Birmingham which inspires young people across the UK to challenge negative perceptions by working to make a difference in their communities by demonstrating their value in society.
VIP Guests included Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Co-operative Trustees and a host of business leaders from Birmingham.
“Organisations like Envision are helping young people set up skills for life. If you start volunteering at 16, I believe you are more likely to still be doing it at 60. It has an empowering effect on the community and the people volunteering.”
Councillor Birdget Jones
Some of the evening’s awards included a Media Award which recognised the innovative use of social media and a website to deliver healthy living ideas to young people, by young people. The big award of the evening, the Truth about Youth award, presented by Co-operative Trustee John Crouch, went to the Envision team at Arthur Terry School who ran a campaign in their school and local area to promote positive relationships between young people and the elderly. This culminated in an event attended by 80 people, young and old, who discussed and shared skills, put on entertainment and shared stories of their generation, all with the aim of bridging the generation gap.
“The Truth about Youth Awards were amazing. We had lots of fun meeting up with new people and speaking to decision makers in Birmingham. They genuinely wanted listen to us. It was also great winning the Media Award!”
Victoria, 17, Plantsbrook School
Entertainment at the ceremony was provided by the Birmingham University Circus society, who provided circus style tricks and performances. Birmingham based dance crew, Tru Street also performed a dance sequence on stage and local beat box act Black Platinum closed the ceremony with a staggering show of vocal talent.
Cameron Nimmo, Envision’s Regional Manager said “It was a great event to close another year of Truth about Youth in Birmingham. The award winning projects were truly inspiring and the 100 plus young people which were able to attend, represent a further 450 volunteers who have worked incredibly hard this year to make a positive difference to their communities and shake of the negative stereotype.”
To see more photos of the event go to www.envision.org.uk/news_items