Thank you to all of you who have nominated a young person or group for the Oxfordshire Youth Awards 2014! We’ve received a record breaking 650+ nominees this year – more than double our previous year. We look forward to celebrating Oxfordshire’s young people at the New Theatre on the 17th March!
Nominations are now open for the 5th annual Oxfordshire Youth Awards!
Young people in Oxfordshire between the ages of 11 and 19 can be nominated for awards in seven categories. The award categories include Arts Superstar, Sports Achievement, Community Champion, Pride of Oxfordshire, Inspirational Entrepreneur, Young Einstein of the Year, and Youth Project of the Year. Anyone can nominate a young person by submitting a nomination form online here. Nominations close on 17th February 2014.
The Oxfordshire Youth Awards 2014 will take place on Monday 17th of March 2014 at the Oxford New Theatre from 7pm until 9pm. The prestigious annual event is produced by the Oxfordshire Association for Young People, supported by businesses across the county and celebrates the achievements of young people across Oxfordshire. The Awards raise awareness of the inspirational contributions, big and small, made by many wonderful young people in Oxfordshire today.
Distinguished guests from Oxfordshire will present the awards on the night. In 2013 presenters included celebrated author Philip Pullman, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes and Oxford United striker Jon-Paul Pittman. With performances from a selection of the most talented young people currently producing work in Oxford, this unique and exciting event promises to be an unforgettable experience for all involved.
The Oxfordshire Youth Awards 2013 resulted in over 250 nominations from across the county, more than double the nominations received by any previous Oxfordshire Youth Awards. Building on this success the 2014 event has been moved from the Oxford Town Hall to the 1,800 capacity New Theatre Oxford. The Oxfordshire Youth Awards 2014 will celebrate young people and showcase the very best of Oxfordshire’s youth talent on the most dramatic stage in the county.
From the Oxford Mail:
More than 300 young people attended the event and were joined by a further 300 friends and family.
Winner of the volunteer award Courtney Hughes, 15, from Didcot, raised money to donate presents to children in hospital at Christmas.
She said: “I wanted to give them a gift and give them Christmas.
“I didn’t expect anything so I was quite shocked and very, very happy to win the award.”
Read the full article here:
Friday 8th February, Literary Award sponsor Judith Keeling, arrived at Wheatley Park School to meet the Youth Committee responsible for organising the 2013 Oxfordshire Youth Awards. Judith Keeling is the editor and owner of Oxford People, an interactive community website which showcases contributions from ordinary members of the public. Judith explains, “Oxfordpeople is very keen to promote self expression in all forms – in print, on film and online, which is a major reason we’re offering the mentoring scheme we propose.”
Judith is passionate about encouraging self-expression in young people – as a former senior National newspaper and magazine journalist of 20 years standing, she hopes her rich and diverse writing and editing experience can be of service to young people involved in the Oxfordshire Youth Awards and will inspire others with their literary expression, opinions, and experiences. The nature of the mentorship relationship will be shaped by the dreams of the young people she intends to work with as Judith says, “It really will depend on the individual interests of the young people involved. I have a number of ideas of the ways Oxfordpeople can help offer mentorship to young people, from organising work experience, to bringing authors to youth clubs for Q and A’s, or even running workshops for young budding journalists” However, Judith is keen to explain that this relationship is not about giving expertise but will be more reciprocal and based on responding creatively to the requests and suggestions made by the mentees, “ Oxfordpeople is looking forward to being excited and stimulated by young people’s ideas.”
Most excitingly, the offer of mentorship will not be a short term one as Judith explains “21st of Feb is the beginning of a long and great relationship of support and stimulation between Oxfordpeople and Oxfordshire Youth.” This offer of mentorship marks a new beginning in the Oxfordshire Youth Awards as it involves sponsors reaching out to the lives of the young people their sponsorship is helping. Oxfordshire Association for Young People are very pleased with this new direction and will work closely with Judith in the months after the Youth Awards to ensure those connections are both forged and nurtured.
Youth Awards Co-ordinator
From the Oxford Mail:
BIG name guest presenters have been announced for an event rewarding the achievements of young people across Oxfordshire.
Mr Pullman, who wrote the His Dark Materials trilogy, said: “I’m always in favour of supporting young people and it seemed like a good idea. I will certainly be there.”
Read the full article here.