Wirral Youth Heroes Awards
The Youth Heroes Awards thank and affirm young people who have had made an outstanding contribution to their communities and are inspirational to others as a result. The annual awards have received high praise from politicians, press and the public and made headline news in a number of publications.
This is an ongoing project with annual events.
The Youth Heroes Awards were launched in 2011 as a grassroots response to the riots that rocked the nation during the summer of that year.
So many young people lack hope and often young people are portrayed badly. This causes a self fulfilling prophesy in our communities - young people become what you tell them they are.
We want to tell young people they are powerful and significant and that they can make a difference.
We want to affirm them and thank them when they do something significant. We want to do this in a high profile manner which encourages others to do the same.
We want young people making the headlines for good reasons.
To highlight the good that any young person can do if their potential is nurtured.
Activities» A high profile awards event where young people who have achieved something significant are publicly thanked and affirmed.
Success will be... A very well attended awards night (including Civic & Business representation) where young people share their personal stories of achievements despite adversity.
To encourage young people to keep on perusing their dreams and to keep on impacting their community
Activities» Public recognition of achievements through the media and social networks.
Success will be... Making the awards winners feel very special and making sure they are acknowledged publicly.
To encourage others in our community to speak well of young people and to work hard to nurture them
Activities» Press coverage of the awards. We made front page headline news in our two local papers with the first awards night in Feb 2012.
Success will be... lots of people speaking well of young people particularly in the press. Both our local MP's did this in response to the awards in February 2012.
We are not naive to the fact that this is a hard question for us to answer. Our hope is that more young people make more of a difference in their local community and that more young people feel a sense of hope for the future; hope that hard work is rewarded.
It's virtually impossible to measure this success with hard evidence. Anecdotal evidence and feedback suggests that the awards have already started to make a huge impact locally.
Other than financial risks to Wirral YFC there are very few others. The awards events carry a high financial cost to make them as special as they need to be. To counteract this risk we have asked a number of local businesses to support the awards and sponsor one of 10 categories each. We are also looking for funding.
Wirral YFC have a rigorous monitoring and evaluation system which provided evidence of our achievements. This information is fed to our donors in a variety of ways.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £8,000 Venue & Dinner 400 dinner guests at the awards ceremony £2,000 AV & Engineers Lights, Sound, Video and technicains £1,500 Entertainment Band and pro magican for the young people £1,000 Celebrity Host Celebrity host to compare the awards £3,700 Prizes Trophies and various prizes for the winners £3,800 Project Mangament & Publicity 80hrs at £10 per hour - Flyers, postacards, website, press ads & admin
The Wirral Peninsula
The Wirral Peninsula is a place of great diversity. We have some of the most affluent communities in the UK alongside some of the most deprived. The beauty of the Youth Heroes Awards is that members of every community has the opportunity to get involved and nominations are drawn from a vast spectrum of people.
We have been investing in Wirral's young people for over 25 years and are well known for this. We are well known in the area and a very well regarded by members of the civic, businesses, religious communities and by our local schools.
We're in the perfect position to host these awards.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Martin Dickson is the Director of Wirral YFC and plays a project management role in the awards.
Will cover the cost of 1 of our awards categories
The Youth Heroes Awards are stunning!