With little more than three weeks left to nominate young people from across the county for an award which celebrates their outstanding achievements, Nottinghamshire County Council is urging residents to get their nominations in quickly.
Entries for the County Council’s Nottinghamshire Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Award close on Friday, 6 July.
Now in its second year, the award aims to recognise young people who’ve achieved a great deal and pushed their personal boundaries, whatever they are.
Leader of the County Council Kay Cutts, who will help judge the finals said: "In an age when young people do not always get a good press, it is wonderful that we can highlight the hard work and determination of so many of them.
“So far, we’ve had 35 nominations, but I’m sure a lot of us know amazing, inspiring teenagers who are exceptional in their own ways and deserve to be rewarded. We’re encouraging residents, who could be friends, family, schools, youth groups and voluntary organisations to get their votes in before the deadline.”
The overall county-wide winner will receive £250 in vouchers of their choice.
The idea behind the award is to celebrate a broad range of individual achievements.
“These could be anything from surpassing all expectations in a particular sport or activity, contributing to their local community or overcoming the odds to achieve academically,” added councillor Cutts.
Nominees must be at least old enough to be in Year 7 at school and no older than 19 years of age – the maximum age for disabled young people is 25. They must also live in one of the County Council’s seven districts and not be a resident of Nottingham city.
Nominations in each district are being considered by panels of local young people and adults to decide district winners.
The seven local winners will then be considered by a final judges panel which, as well as the leader of the County Council, will include last year’s overall winner Laura Hickman, leaders of the main opposition parties at the Council and chairperson of the county’s Young People’s Board.
The winner of the award will be announced at an event at County Hall on Friday 28 September.
To nominate or for more information, please visit the County Council’s website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/4uthnomination or call Peter Cook on 01623 411300. Forms can be completed online or downloaded and completed by hand and returned to the Council by post.