For the past five years the United Peace Federation have been presenting Youth Achievement Awards to young adults (usually between 18-30 years old) who are striving to make a difference in their communities. Held in the Houses of Parliament, the event celebrates the voluntarism of young people and recognises their efforts, encouraging them and others to keep doing good and going beyond what is expected of them.
Last year 12 young people received Youth Achievement Awards. These awards were presented to the nominees for helping others out of poverty, campaigning, putting others before themselves, connecting the old with the young, fundraising, and reaching out to the vulnerable members of society. The young people that were nominated took centre stage, and were the main speakers at the event, sharing their stories and inspiring those around them.
Presenting the awards were the MPs of the young people, who come to support the event and the nominees. MPs and Peers that have supported the event in the past include Mr. Virendra Sharma MP, the Rt Hon. Baroness Verma, the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon. Tom Brake MP, Parliamentary Secretary and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Rt Hon. Frank Dobson MP, the late Lord Tarsem King, Mrs. Anne Main MP, Baroness Oona King of Bow and Mr. Nick De Bois MP, amongst others.
These awards aim to encourage the young people to keep doing what they are doing, and to give them the determination to make what they are doing even better. Notable winners of the past that have continued to excel in developing themselves and others include Quince Garcia, Julien Bernard Grau, Sawyer Jackson, Nathaniel Pete, Patrick Truman, Jessica Cruse and Teja Patel.
If you know of any young people that you would feel you want to nominate for this award, please notify us as soon as possible.