Inspirational evening at YC Hertfordshire's Young People's Awards 2019

Published: 13 Nov 2019

Remarkable young people have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at Hertfordshire County Council’s YC Hertfordshire's Young People’s Awards.

Held in County Hall, Hertford, on Wednesday (November 6), the event took place during National Youth Work Week and highlighted the impact that youth work has in helping young people overcome barriers and fulfil their potential.

The annual awards highlight the range of support provided by YC Hertfordshire which provides targeted prevention and early intervention work in local communities, schools, hospitals, colleges and other settings.

Praising the county’s inspiring winners, Director of Children’s Services, Jenny Coles said: “What they have achieved has been remarkable. None of us should underestimate the huge challenge it has been for many of them to get to this point and we are really proud of their outstanding achievements.”

Young people were nominated by their peers and their youth workers, with this year’s winners including:

• Tylia,17, from Stevenage, who has transformed her life since attending a YC Hertfordshire emotional wellbeing project. She has shown sheer determination in turning her life around and is also a great support to her peers.

• Georgia, 21, from Welwyn Garden City, was awarded for showing selflessness and perseverance while facing many challenges. This year, she helped to organise a programme of motivational events during ‘Feeling Good Week’, to help other young people.

• Georgia, 17, from Watford, has volunteered weekly at the YC Hertfordshire Empathy Project at Watford General Hospital for the last year. She offers unconditional support to young people in the most difficult of situations – always putting others first and being a positive role model to those around her.

• Caitlin, 16, from Hemel Hempstead, attends an emotional wellbeing and resilience project in Dacorum and received an award for the great progress she has made. She has achieved the goals she set herself and inspired others with her achievements.

• Jay,18, from Stevenage, has transformed since attending the YC Hertfordshire Identity project, gaining new-found confidence and self-assurance.

• Shane, 22, from Welwyn Garden City, showed determination and perseverance as he worked with YC Hertfordshire to focus on his goal of working with animals. After successfully completing a college course, he completed work experience and voluntary work before securing a job working on a farm.

• Nikkie,14, from Watford, was awarded for the huge progress she has made in her relationships with family and friends following personal development sessions with YC Hertfordshire.

• Jamie,16, from Welwyn Garden City, has gone from being a shy young person who would engage only with his immediate friends, to someone who engages with the whole group and in all activities as well as encouraging others to participate. He acts as a mentor to new young people who join the group, making sure they have friends to talk to and helping them make the most of the sessions.