July 5, 2006

AWARDS: Youth achievement: Making waves

Youth achievement: Making waves
By - 05/07/06
The Wavemakers Awards celebrate young people's achievements. Ayub Shah looks at three of this year's winners.

A web site devised by young people for young people and a talent show run by an 18-year-old are just two of this year's Wavemakers Award winners. Set up in 2005, the awards scheme recognises the achievements of young people within the areas of social care, education and health and is split into three categories: under-12s, 13 to 19s and organisation-led initiatives.

Projects that were awarded prizes covered issues such as antisocial behaviour, disability, sexual abuse, self-harm and young people in care. The 24 winners will each receive a certificate at an awards ceremony on 6 July at the Sound nightclub in London's Leicester Square. An overall winner will also receive £500.

Erica De'Ath, former chief executive of the National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations and chair of the judging panel, was impressed with the high calibre of the entries. "Some of the winners this year are breaking new ground and it's great to see young people making such a difference," she says.

Details about all 24 winners can be found on the Wavemakers web site. l www.wavemakers.org.uk

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