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Rotary Young Citizen Awards go virtual!

Rotary Young Citizen Awards go virtual!

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organisers of this year’s Rotary Young Citizen Awards to go virtual.

Outstanding young people will again be recognised by Rotary Young Citizen Awards in 2021 with a virtual Awards Ceremony hosted by BBC TV Presenter Ellie Crisell.

This exciting event honouring positive young role-models will be held on Saturday, May 22nd.

So, if you know of an inspirational young person or group, under the age of 25, making a difference by going out of their way to help others, please nominate them for an award.

These awards are a fantastic opportunity for young people, attracting extensive media coverage.

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Outstanding young people will again be recognised by Rotary Young Citizen Awards in 2021 with a virtual Awards Ceremony hosted by BBC TV Presenter Ellie Crisell.

There are so many young heroes who deserve recognition for the good they are doing in their community, for example volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They could be champions in their school or local community, young carers, fundraisers, volunteers or have shown particular courage in some way.

Nominations can include those involved in projects locally, nationally and/or globally.

The Rotary Young Citizen Awards were started in 2007 to overcome negative stereotypes of young people at a time when, as now, the headlines were so often dominated by stories of youngsters getting involved in anti-social behaviour and to show that Rotary recognised that the majority of young people aren’t like that, but are doing good in the world

If you know of an inspirational young person or group, under the age of 25, making a difference by going out of their way to help others, please nominate them for an award.”

The awards have been covered every year by the BBC News Channel with interviews with the winners.

BBC TV Presenter Ellie Crisell, who presented the very first awards and most of the annual awards ceremonies after that, says she is delighted to be doing this again in 2021.

The winners of the Young Citizen Awards will receive a trophy, certificate and ÂŁ300 to go towards their chosen charity or project.

The Awards include the Rotary Young Citizen Peacemaker Award. This recognises an individual or group, under the age of 25, who have made a significant contribution by building peace and understanding, whether in their school, local community, by for example helping tackle anti-social behaviour and youth crime, perhaps as peer mentors, or with a peace project internationally.

BBC TV Presenter Ellie Crisell, who presented the very first awards and most of the annual awards ceremonies after that, says she is delighted to be doing this again in 2021.

The award reflects Rotary’s area of focus on Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.

There is also the Rotary Young Citizen Sporting Hero Award to recognise the achievements and contribution of an able-bodied or DisAbility sports participant or a group, or an individual or group who is enabling others to participate in sport.

Nominations can include youth groups, Rotakids, Interactors and Rotaractors.  Rotary Clubs may also run their own Youth Awards and have linked with local councils or newspapers or other bodies and could put forward winners of these Awards.

Past Rotary Young Citizen award winner, Grace O’Malley, will be on the judging panel for a second year.

Grace, from Lancashire, received her Award in 2013, when she was aged 15, for raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity with her singing and is now training to be an opera singer, studying for a Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Music in London.

She is continuing to sing for many Rotary fundraising events and is a founder member of the new Rotaract Club of London.

The new deadline for nominations is Friday, March 12th.

 For more details and to download the nomination form, please click here:

You can find out about last year’s winners on: Rotary Young Citizen Award Winners 2020.