Awards for teenagers who make a difference

PUBLISHED: 10:12 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:53 10 June 2010

NEGATIVE perceptions about teenagers will be challenged with a new category in the Young People s Achievement Awards.

NEGATIVE perceptions about teenagers will be challenged with a new category in the Young People's Achievement Awards.

It is the second year that the Devon Children's Trust has organised the awards for people aged 13 to 19 years old, and this year sees it introduce two new categories - one where young people have worked together to make a difference, and a community award.

The latter will be for young people who have worked to make a difference in their local community and raise awareness of the positive contribution they make to society.

Mary Nisbett, chairman of Devon Children's Trust, said: "The community award is designed particularly to challenge negative perceptions of some young people, and recognise those who may not have many opportunities to get the praise they deserve.

"One of my key commitments as Children's Champion for Devon is to hear what young people have told me about the way they feel undervalued and misrepresented, and to use every opportunity I can to help them showcase their achievements, their talents and their contribution to life in their communities."

The trust organises the awards in partnership with the likes of Devon County Council, Devon Primary Care Trust, the police and other organisations that provide services for children and young people in Devon.

As last year, there will also be awards for these categories: healthy lives, staying safe, education, participation and positive futures.

The finalists will be invited to an Oscar-style ceremony at County Hall, Exeter, with the winners announced on the night.

Councillor John Smith, responsible for children's services at DCC, said: "We are looking for people who have made a positive contribution to their school, youth club or local community.

"These young people may have inspired others, been instrumental in a successful project or made a real difference to other young people's lives."

Anyone who wants to make a nomination can fill in a form online at www.devon.gov.uk/youthawards or phone to receive a nomination form.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, May 2.

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