YMCA Awards Dinner

20 August 2018

YMCA Scotland are delighted to announce the launch of our YMCA Awards Dinner, which will take place on Saturday 6 October 2018 at the Holiday Inn following the ABM.  This year as part of the Year of Young People the event is being organised by VOICE and this includes the addition of four special ‘Year of Young People’ awards for 2018. 

Please encourage your young people, volunteers, staff and board members to consider nominating from your association.  We are sure you all have some amazing individuals and groups who you would love to see recognised nationally.

Please take the time to read over all the awards available, what the award is for, who is eligible for nomination in each of the categories and the criteria for nominations.

The Sir George Williams Medal will also be presented on the evening.

The John D Knox Youth Achievement Award will be presented to the overall winner, chosen by the judging panel, in the categories available in the 14-25 age bracket.

Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 31 August 2018.

The judging panel will shortlist three in each category with the winner announced on the night. 

The format of the day will include an afternoon ABM in the Holiday Inn followed by the Awards Dinner in the evening. 

Prices for dinner and accommodation will be sent shortly.

 

YOUNG ACHIEVER – 1 award category – age 8-14

What is the Award: This award recognises the achievements of a young person who has overcome significant obstacles to make positive changes in their life  

Who can be nominated: Any young person who has been involved with a YMCA programme, project or club

Criteria: What personal barriers and challenges has this young person overcome? How far have they come in the last 12 months in terms of their achievements and hopes and aspirations for the future?

 

CREATIVE  AWARD – 1 award category – under 25

What is the Award: This award recognises the achievements of a young person or group of young people who through the use of creative programmes for example, drama, creative art, gardening, photography, cooking etc to make positive changes in their lives and the local community

Who can be nominated: any young person or group of young people who has been involved with a YMCA programme, project or club

Criteria: Give an overview of the programme, project or club. Demonstrate the positive impact it has had on your young people.  You may wish to highlight staff/volunteers who have delivered the work.

 

SPORTS AWARD – 1 award category – under 25

What is the Award: This award recognises the achievements of a young person or group who have achieved in their chosen sport through the support of their local YMCA

Who can be nominated: any young person or group of young people who has been involved with a YMCA programme, project or club

Criteria: Give an overview of the sports activity and the journey they have taken including their achievements both through the YMCA and external competition  

 

MUSIC AWARD – 1 award category – under 25 (individual or band/group)

What is the Award: This award recognises the achievements of a young person, group or band who through music  have to make positive changes in their lives and the local community

Who can be nominated: any young person or group of young people who has been involved with a YMCA programme, project or club

Criteria:  Give an overview of the music genre and the journey they have taken including their achievements both through the YMCA and other music events

 

YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD – 1 award category – age 14-25

What is the award: This award recognises a dedicated young volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to the YMCA, contributing energy, skills and time.

Who can be nominated: Any young YMCA volunteer who has been involved with a YMCA programme, project or club

Criteria: Give an overview of the nominee’s voluntary work, including: the duties and activities they have carried out; the experience, expertise and/or the personal qualities they have contributed.

Tell us how they have impacted upon and inspired others, and what they have done to positively promote volunteering for YMCA.

 

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR –1 award category – age 14-25

What is the Award: This award recognises a young leader for their ability to make a real difference in their YMCA by bringing about positive change, working with vision and inspiring others.

Who can be nominated: Any young person demonstrating leadership within their YMCA, for example through involvement in:

  • Any programme, scheme, club or activity
  • Youth Committee
  • Volunteering role

Criteria: How has this person inspired and led others, worked with a vision that reflects the aims of YMCA, and/or taken others with them to achieve positive outcomes?

Tell us how they have inspired, encouraged and motivated other young people to achieve success and why they make a real difference to their YMCA.

 

YOUNG TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR 1 award category – age 18-25

What is the Award: This award recognises a young person who not only contributes at board level but champions youth empowerment either locally, nationally or internationally.

Who can be nominated: Any young person who makes a significant contribution at board level

Criteria: How has this person made a significant contribution at Board level, championing youth empowerment?  Has this been at local, national or international level?

 

INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR1 award category – age 16-25

What is the Award: This award recognises the exceptional achievements of a young person who has overcome significant obstacles to make a real difference to their own lives and that of their community.

Who can be nominated: Any young person who has been involved with a YMCA programme, project or club

Criteria: What personal barriers and challenges has this young person overcome? How far have they come in the last 18 months in terms of their achievements, skills and experience, and hopes and aspirations for the future?

 

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 1 award category – 25 plus

What is the award: This award recognises a dedicated volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to YMCA and contributing energy, skills and time.

Who can be nominated: Any YMCA volunteer who has been involved with a YMCA programme, project or club

Criteria: Give an overview of the nominee’s voluntary work, including: the duties and activities they have carried out; the experience, expertise and/or the personal qualities they have contributed.

Tell us how they have impacted upon and inspired others, and what they have done to positively promote volunteering for YMCA.

 

TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR 1 award category – 25 plus

What is the Award: This award recognises a board member who uses their skills and expertise to contribute towards excellent governance in their YMCA.

Who can be nominated: Any trustee with over two year’s significant contribution at board level

Criteria: What skills and expertise has this person brought to the board? What have they contributed to achieve excellent governance in the YMCA?

 

MENTOR OF THE YEAR 1 award category – no age limits

What is the Award: This award recognises the dedication and support to a person through a formal mentoring relationship.

Who can be nominated:

  • Any volunteer
  • Any paid staff member
  • Any age group

Criteria: Give an overview of the nominee’s mentoring role and how they have had an impact on a mentee or mentees’ lives

 

YOUTH WORKER OF THE YEAR – SESSIONAL/PART-TIME

What is the Award: This award recognises a youth worker for their outstanding commitment to building a brighter future for young people.

Who can be nominated: Any sessional or part-time (under 25 hours) YMCA Youth Worker

Criteria: Give an overview of the nominee’s role and how they have not only made an impact on young people, but also shown commitment to building a brighter future for young people and for going the extra mile to make a real difference to their lives

 

YOUTH WORKER OF THE YEAR – FULL-TIME

What is the Award: This award recognises a youth worker for their outstanding commitment to building a brighter future for young people

Who can be nominated: Any full-time (over 25 hours) YMCA Youth Worker

Criteria: Give an overview of the nominee’s role and how they have not only made an impact on young people, but also shown commitment to building a brighter future for young people and for going the extra mile to make a real difference to their lives

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