Youth Ambition Awards finalists

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a special young person or group of young people for the Youth Ambition Awards.

2017 winners and finalists

We are pleased to announce the winners and finalists:​

Project or Campaign of the Year - won by Hide and Seek LGBTQ Group

Daisy Pierce and Poppy Martin

​17 year old Daisy and Poppy have set up a debating society at their school and hold weekly debates to give students the opportunity to learn more about, and have their say on current issues.  They are committed students who are role models to others.

Karl Glover

Karl is a talented musician who uses his skills as part of a youth project to get young people off the streets and give them a focus and outlet through music. 

He is a care leaver with an ambitious attitude who gets involved with lots of projects and uses his experiences of growing up in care to make improvements for other young people in care.

Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets

​A unique community based youth programme run by volunteer leaders from the county’s emergency services which has delivered countless projects to benefit others and help break down the barriers between the emergency services and young people.

Project Take Flight

​A hard working group of four students from Kingsthorpe College who are working alongside schools in America to address issues affecting disadvantaged students. 

The project has gone from strength to strength since its launch and students are now fundraising for a trip to visit the schools they are working with in America.

Winners: Hide and Seek LGBTQ Group

​A dedicated group of young people who are working together to provide social opportunities, run community events, and provide resources and support for other young people from the LGBTQ community.

Y-Not Arts Volunteers

​Six inspirational young volunteers with special educational needs who are enthusiastic about helping others.  They support staff at Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust to run music, dance and drama groups and work hard to help others with special educational needs be the best they can be.

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Arts Award - won by Y Not Arts Volunteers

Hannah Wade

18 year old Hannah found an escape from a difficult time through acting and has achieved great results in the arts including taking leading roles in school performances and being a role model to other students by sharing her experiences. 

She is committed to doing all she can to fulfil her dream of a career in musical theatre.​

Jaime Chapman

An energetic and talented student from Huxlow Science College who has gives up her time to deliver a drama club for fellow students.

She works hard to involve others in the arts and her club has become really popular, all down to Jaime’s dedication.

Jaleel Hudson

​A talented creative writer who lacked self-confidence, 18 year old Jaleel never stops trying and because of her love of the arts, she is growing in confidence. 

Jaleel is a great illustrator and can now actively engage in class discussions and help others with ideas without doubting herself.

Kiera Exall

​11 year old Kiera is outstanding when it comes to music and plays a wide range of instruments.  She is a great role model for aspiring musicians and has a positive outlook on life.

Winners: Y-Not Arts Volunteers

​Six inspirational young volunteers with special educational needs who are enthusiastic about helping others. 

They support staff at Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust to run music, dance and drama groups work hard to help others with special educational needs be the best they can be.

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Young Apprentice of the Year - won by Kizzy Minter

Amy Bampton

​Amy passed her apprenticeship with flying colours and has a huge impact on her place of work, bringing ideas, helping lead a team and even securing business for the company. 

Her hard work and determination during her apprenticeship has led to full time employment at the company.

Emma Cormack

17 year old Emma had a difficult start in life and was separated from her family at a young age.  She is in foster care and has overcome many barriers to get her to where she is today. 

Emma is working hard at an apprenticeship in childcare where she shows passion, dedication and care.​

Jack Colby

Jack is a hard worker who takes pride in his work and has a passion for steam engines.  He spends many hours volunteering alongside his apprenticeship to expand his skills and experience in areas he enjoys. 

He has secured employment where he was successful out of over 1000 applicants.​

Natalie Sherlock

22 year old Natalie is passionate about a career in marketing and gave up her job to help her achieve this.  Natalie is a dedicated apprentice who is full of enthusiasm and takes on challenges over and above her role.

Natalie has been offered a full time permanent position where she can really put the skills she's built up into practice.​

Tania Ardito

Tania is a committed legal executive apprentice who is self-motivated and a high achiever.  She is keen to progress and a positive role model to others. 

Tania is developing in her role all the time and the team are very proud of her.​

Winner: Kizzy Minter

At a young age, 17 year old Kizzy became interested in mental health and worked to pursue a career in this area by becoming an apprentice with a charity that helps people with additional needs. 

Kizzy is a happy and enthusiastic member of the team who enjoys putting what she is learning into practice and takes great pride in helping others.​

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Young Role Model of the Year - won by Austin Major-Howard

Charlotte Smith

​16 year old Charlotte is a kind and helpful library volunteer who takes on a wide range of responsibilities and is always keen to share ideas, make suggestions and help implement these.

Conor Cottor

​A mature and hard-working student who is an inspiration to fellow students. 

Conor is a student ambassador and head boy who gets involved with many events and projects at his school including creating wall displays, running workshops and greeting visitors.

Emily Shellard

Emily lost her dad at a young age and is focused on giving herself and other young people a positive future. 

She is a key part of her local youth group where she stands up for her neighbourhood, deals with challenges and helps give young people a voice.​

Lauryn Harrington-Carter

17 year old Lauryn is a credit to her community.  She is a full time carer for her mum and carries out endless voluntary and charity work to help others.​

Molly Jarvis and Rosey Ainsworth

Committed to helping other students through their GCSE's, Molly and Rosey set up a committee where students could share their concerns or worries. 

They worked with tutors to put in place strategies to address these and help boost confidence levels throughout exam period.​

Winner: Austin Major-Howard

15 year old Austin helps his unwell mum care for his siblings, is a hard working student, and has set up his own business to fund his college place.  He is committed and a credit to his family.​

Zaki Ali

A hard working and committed library volunteer who is a mentor for other volunteers and got involved with the library service because he wanted to contribute to his community and learn new skills.​

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Get Active Award - won by Tom Judd

Harriett Ede-Collis

Harriett runs a flyball club with her mum and works tirelessly to walk and train the dogs in her spare time, even when she feels unwell due to her medical condition.​

Isaac Broadhurst

​Isaac trains daily in the hope of one day realising his dream of competing in the Olympics. He juggles his gruelling training regime with his school work.

Thomas Hollick

Thomas has been committed to pursuing his love of sports, despite undergoing chemotherapy and brain surgery. Even when he did not feel well enough to take part, he attended fixtures to support his team mates.

Since Thomas’s nomination, he has sadly lost his battle with cancer.​

Winner: Tom Judd

​Despite being diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, 16-year-old Tom refuses to let his health issues hold him back.

He is currently taking part in a sports leadership programme as well as volunteering at sports clubs for primary school-aged children and tennis coaching.

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Health and Wellbeing Award - won by Elaina Falvey

Charlotte Medway

Charlotte has worked as a healthcare assistant at St Andrew's Healthcare and as an administrator at a local doctor’s surgery.

She has also volunteered at Voice for Victims and Witnesses in Northampton. All this despite suffering from severe depression and anxiety.​

Hannah Wade

​Hannah, 19, found a way to manage her depression and anxiety through acting.

Since leaving Guilsborough Academy in August 2016, she has been building her portfolio in order to fulfil a career in musical theatre and is now set to play Eponine in a forthcoming production of Les Miserables in Warwickshire.

Imogen Massey

Imogen suffers from severe mental health difficulties and this inspires her to raise money for mental health charities.

This year she held a coffee morning and opened a Just Giving page and to date has raised £805 for the mental health charity Young Minds.​

Laura Simpson

Laura has completed voluntary work at a home for adults with severe learning disabilities and has also helped out at a local nursing home, spending time with the residents and listening to their stories and life experiences.

She now plans to pursue a career in medicine.​

Moriam Chaudry

Moriam volunteers for Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire and has worked on projects including Northamptonshire’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

She also volunteers at her local library as a blue badge assistant, helping people with disabilities.​

Winner: Elaina Falvey

For over a year, one of Elaina’s close friends has suffered from seizures.

Elaina has taken a lead role in assisting her during her seizures, getting help and also working with other students and staff to help them understand what to do.​

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Taking Charge of Your Life Award - won by Emma Cormack

Callum Burnham

Callum has cerebral palsy but this has not stopped him from working steadily towards his goals.  He is a bright and able student, well-liked by other students, and he has not allowed his disability to limit what he does.

He recently filmed an inspiring performance of a poem he had written himself which made local news.  ​

Charlotte Medway

Charlotte has worked as a healthcare assistant at St Andrew's Healthcare and as an administrator at a local doctor’s surgery.

She has also volunteered at Voice for Victims and Witnesses in Northampton. All this despite suffering from severe depression and anxiety.​

Guy Thompson

Guy has struggled over a long period of time with significant levels of anxiety which have impacted on every area of his life.

He has shown real determination to overcome his issues, taking GCSEs through the Hospital and Outreach Education service, and he now hopes to go to college.

Imogen Massey

Imogen suffers from severe mental health difficulties and this inspires her to raise money for mental health charities.

This year she held a coffee morning and opened a Just Giving page and to date has raised £805 for the mental health charity Young Minds.​

Jodie Harris

Jodie has suffered a series of personal problems, including losing her home. But she has overcome this to take responsibility for her life and find work and a new home.​

Michael Norris-Minch

After struggling to cope in mainstream education, Michael began taking lessons from home through Hospital and Outreach Education and is on track to achieve 10 GCSEs.

He has also taken up badminton and started to attend cookery sessions at Greenacres Farm in Staverton. He is now hoping to return to school for his A levels.​

Tom Judd

Despite being diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, 16-year-old Tom refuses to let his health issues hold him back.

He is currently taking part in a sports leadership programme as well as volunteering at sports clubs for primary school-aged children and tennis coaching.​

Winner: Emma Cormack

Emma is in foster care and lives apart from her two siblings. Despite a difficult start in life, she has begun an apprenticeship in childcare and is determined to succeed in her chosen career.​

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Special Recognition Award - won by Thomas Hollick and Karl Glover

Finalists in this category

 

  • Sophie Cunningham
  • Winner: Thomas Hollick – since being nominated, Thomas has sadly lost his battle with cancer
  • Austin Major-Howard
  • Kizzy Minter
  • Hannah Wade
  • Elaina Falvey
  • Tom Judd
  • Guy Thompson
  • Michael Norris – Minch
  • Emma Cormack
  • Niamh Burgess
  • Winner: Karl Glover

 

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