The annual search for Sunderland’s most inspiring young people is underway, with the launch of the Sunderland Young Achievers’ Awards 2019.
The awards, which are organised by Together for Children with the support of local businesses and Sunderland City Council, recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by young people in all aspects of life, from performing arts, to sport, culture and community.
This year’s awards were launched by Chantelle Beaney who was the overall winner at the 2018 glittering ceremony at the Stadium of Light.
Chanetelle 15, from Houghton, who also scooped the Academic Achievement award, attends Biddick Academy in Washington. She has flourished at school thanks to her hard work and determination despite missing a lot of school when she was younger.
Chantelle said: “I’m really pleased to help launch this year’s awards, for me winning last year was great and it’s made me more determined. I’m really enjoying sociology and hair and beauty studies at school.”
The Young Achievers’ Awards are open to anyone living in Sunderland, Washington, Houghton and Hetton who is aged between eight and 20. Categories include Music and the Performing Arts, Personal Achievement, Academic Achievement, Young Carer, Young Volunteer, Sport, School Council, and Anti-Bullying, Young Apprentice and Service to the Community.
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive at Together for Children said: “Young people are at the heart of everything we do here at Together for Children, so these annual awards are a highlight for us. The standard of nominations is extremely high, with many moving stories about the achievements of young people and I’m sure this year will be no exception.
“I encourage parents, carers, teachers and other professionals to take the time to nominate those young people who are deserving of recognition.”
Deborah Jenkins, Chair of Together for Children, added: “I am honoured to help launch nominations for Sunderland Young Achievers 2019, and call on everyone to nominate young people who are achieving great things, volunteering and contributing in their community.
“I think it is more important than ever that we recognise the talents and commitments of young people and these awards are a great motivation for all our young people to strive to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.”
This year’s award sponsors include Gentoo, Sunderland City Council, Sun FM, Sunderland Carers Centre, and the R&B Group.
Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director (Operations) at Gentoo, said: “We are proud to once again be sponsoring Sunderland Young Achievers’ Awards. We have so many talented young people in Sunderland and these awards are the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on them.”
Sun FM breakfast show host Simon Grundy, who will be hosting the award ceremony with his colleague Lauren, added: “Every year we’re amazed at the quality of talent in this area and there must be more undiscovered young talented people, so we need to find them.”
All winners and runners-up will be invited to attend the awards presentation and annual celebratory event at the Stadium of Light on Friday 5 July 2019. To nominate visit www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/SunderlandYA2019
Photo Caption: (left to right) Sue Carty (Director of Quality and Performance at Together for Children), Chantelle Beaney, Deborah Jenkins (Chair of Together for Children), Julie Walker (Head of Service Operations at Gentoo)