Young people recognised for their hard work and success

Published: 09 Nov 2018

70 young people from across Hertfordshire were recognised for their outstanding achievements at this year’s Hertfordshire County Council youth service, YC Hertfordshire Young People’s Awards Ceremony at County Hall in Hertford on Wednesday 7 November.

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.

Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Families, County Councillor Teresa Heritage, spoke at the event and presented the young people with certificates.

Young people were nominated by their peers and their Youth Workers. This year’s winners included:

• Amy, aged 17, from St Albans, who received an award for her commitment to raising awareness of mental health among her peers. Amy has written a number of mental health blogs, mentors fellow students and this received a Diana Award for her efforts
• Robert, aged 15, from Welwyn Garden City, who received an award for being an inspirational role model. Robert attends YC Hertfordshire’s project for young people with additional needs.

• Hadi, aged 18, from Watford, who won an award for his participation in the Independent Living Skills project. Hadi has shown real commitment in learning new skills and is now putting his new-found cooking skills to good use as he has started working in a local restaurant.

• Keri, aged 19, from Watford, received an award for her positive outlook and attendance of the Plus One project for young parents. Keri has learnt new skills and is making plans for her family’s future.

• Joe, aged 25, from Hitchin, who attended Snappy G’s project for young people with additional needs. Joe has attended the projected since he was a teenager and has become a remarkable young adult, with a passion for writing and producing plays.

Councillor Teresa Heritage, said: “You are very impressive young people and your hard work and resilience is an example to us all. I hope you all go on to achieve what you want to because what you are doing is absolutely fantastic. We are very proud of you.”

The awards highlight the range of support provided by YC Hertfordshire which has worked with more than 20,000 young people across the county in the last year, providing targeted prevention and early intervention work in local communities, schools, hospitals, colleges and other settings.

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