The Chairman of Blaby District Council, Councillor Jill Blackwell, attended the Lord Lieutenant’s Young Person Award on April 13, at County Hall.
There were five categories with 15 nominees from all over Leicestershire.
Councillor Jill Blackwell said:
“I feel very proud that three of the finalists came from Blaby district. It was such an inspirational evening to hear of all the achievements of these young people.”
Meghan Shuttlewood, aged 17, lives in Kirby Muxloe and was the winner of the Young Artist award. Karina Shah, aged 14, lives in BraunstoneTown and was the runner up.
Charlotte Murgatroyd, aged 14, also lives in BraunstoneTown and was the winner of the Young Braveheart award. She went on to win the Lord Lieutenant’s Young Person of the year 2013.
This year saw the 7th year of the awards established by the Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Gretton.
The award scheme seeks to indentify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Young People focuses on five key themes and winnersl need to have demonstrated that they have made a contribution to society in one of five categories:
1) Stand up and be counted! … Young Braveheart of the Year
Awarded to an individual who has overcome personal barriers to achieve success, made a stand against bullying, racism etc, and demonstrated a life-saving act of bravery.
2) Show that you care! … Young Volunteer of the Year
Awarded to an individual who has enhanced their local community or environment, cared for a neighbour or relative in need or helped to run a community or sports based club or society.
3) Speak up, speak out! … Young Voice of the Year
Awarded to an individual who has promoted the views of young people, represented young people in a decision making processes or used social or web based media to support young people.
4) Push the boundaries! … Young Scientist of the Year
Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated a real passion for the sciences, engineered a mechanical or electrical solution to a problem or used ICT to create an innovative application or graphic based program.
5) Express yourself! … Young Artist of the Year
Awarded to a young person who has demonstrated real skill, innovation, and expression in visual arts / expressive arts, literature or music.
Eligibility criteria for the award
The award is open to young people aged 13-19 living in Leicester or Leicestershire. The young person can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent/carer or any other agency.
The award recognises and rewards young people who have demonstrated exceptional volunteering, leadership, commitment or determination. There is an award for each category and from the winners of the categories one person is announced as the Lord-Lieutenant’s “Young Person of the Year“.