Youth Achievement Awards 2014

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The Youth People’s Achievement Award 2014, organised by Community Foundation, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people in the community took place at 6:00pm on Monday 10th November 2014 at the prestigious Badshah Palace Banqueting Suite.

 

Awards were presented to the 40 finalist by a host of senior Councillors and MPs, chief officers from West Midlands police and fire service and the Health Service. Nozmul Hussain, the Chief Executive of Community Foundation said: “The Youth Achievement Award is a platform to recognise achievements made by young people who have strived hard to achieve great results in education, business, sports, and community activism. "He added: “All the nominations we received this year, were full of amazing achievements made by ordinary young people, coming from ordinary backgrounds. Our judges had a difficult task in selecting the 40 finalist for this year’s awards.” 

 

The annual Youth Achievement Awards set up by Community Foundation has been running since 2011. The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people in the community, as well as encourage them to continuously develop themselves further and inspire and motivate others.

 

This year, 68 young people from across West Midlands have been shortlisted and invited with their family to the award ceremony.

 

The winners for each award category were announced at the Award Ceremony .

Awards presented on the night were by the following: 

Rt Hon. Khalid Mahmood MP | Perry Barr Birmingham

Councillor Mariam Khan | OSC Chairmen | Social Cohesion & Com Safety

PJ Ellis | Chief Executive Officer | LoveBrum 

Garry Forsyth | Assistant Chief Constable | WM Police

Councillor Barry Bowles | Executive Member | Local Services | Hall Green

Gary Taylor | Asst. Chief Fire Officer | WM Fire Service

Richard Samuda | Chairman | Sandwell & West Bham Hospital NHS Trust Councillor Victoria Quinn | OSC Chairmen | Economy and Transport

Councillor Ziaul Islam MBE | Executive Member for Local Services Ladywood Yvonne Mosquito | Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner | WM Police

Cllr Waseem Zaffar | OSC Chairmen | District & Public Engagement

Mashuq Ally | Assistant Director | Equalities, Community Safety and Cohesion Cllr Shafique Shah | Lord Mayor | Birmingham City Council

Mike Hopkins | Principal | South & City College B’ham

Councillor Penny Holbrook | BCC Cabinet Member Skills, Learning & Culture

Below is a list of all those whom were shortlisted, finalists and winners:

1. Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

 

GCSE Shortlist:

Miriam Sandhu - 17 years old            

Abdulladif Mohammed – 16 years old       

Itshaam Khan – 18 years old  

Lauren Chelsea Brown – 16 years old                                   

Mohammed Abir Kaiser – 16 years old                        

Eloise Whittingham – 17 years old   

Zakaria Ali – 17 years old                           

Muhammad Adil Javaid – 16 years old     

 

GCSE Finalists:

Shihab Uddin – 16 years old                                         

Humayanur Rashid – 16 years old                      

Aadam Mahmood – 16 years old     

Ayesha Kauser Hussain – 16 years old                                 

Mohammed Arman Mozunder – 16 years old    

 

GCSE Winner: Eesa Mahmood – 16 years old 

Achievement:

9 A*:  Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, French, German, Latin, Maths & Physics

2 A’s Arabic & Geography.

                                     

A Levels Finalists:

 

Mashuda Khandokar - 18         years old                    

Mariah Hasan - 18  years old                     

Farhan Hussain – 18 years old        

Fabian Batchelor – 19 years old                          

Rumana Khanom – 18 years old                

Matin Abbassi – 24 years old  

 

A Level Winner: Kamil  Rahman - 18 years old   

 

Achievement:

A* - Biology  A – Chemistry  B - Maths

 

Degree Winner: Jessica Lench – 24 years old

 

Achievement:

Undertook PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and achieved a First Class degree at Masters Level  with 94% achievement.

 

2. Business Person Of The Year

Winner: Anisa Haghdadi – 24 years old

 

Achievement: Anisa built this incredible and growing organisation from nothing more than an idea in a matter of months. The company has gone from small meetings and conversations in coffee shops, to an office in the centre of town.

 

Anisa has built a strong organisation, which is true to its aims of empowering, equipping and enabling young people to make change within themselves, and the world around them.

As well as being a socially motivated and altruistic company, Beatfreeks is also a sound business, which is sustainable and going from strength to strength. From humble beginnings Beatfreeks now has three full time and three part time members of staff.

 

3. Role Model Of The Year Award:

Shortlisted:

Miriam Sandhu – 17 years old                        

Brian Holmes – 17 years old

Fabian Batchelor – 19 years old

Nazia Hussain – 19 years old

Mohammed Mahmud Ali      - 22 years old

Soho Youth Forum – Below 20 years old

Eloise Whittingham     - 17 years old

Satinder Kaur – 19      years old                     

Holly Wilkes        - 24 years old    

Yasmeen Akhtar - 17 years old

 

Finalists:

Lauren Brown – 22 years old       

Matin Abassi – 24 years old         

Kashif Haider – 22 years old

Atiya Ahmed – 22 years old

 

Winner:   Chloe Simpson – 19 years old

 

Achievement summary: Chloe went through a lot in the last 12 months but she has turned her life around and is such an inspiration to those going through those rough times. She is a role model to many people. She now works as a youth worker, helping those who are going through a tough time.

 

4. Volunteer Of The Year Award:

 

Shortlisted:

Afzal Ahmed - 21 years old           

Kamrul Hassan - 21 years old      

Fabian Batchelor - 19 years old   

Ali Ahmed - 22 years old               

Mohammed Mahmud Ali - 22 years old

Qasim Farooq – 14 years old       

Anwar Hussain – 21 years old                                  

Soho Youth Forum - All under 20 years old   

Abu Bakr Syddek – 21 years old 

 

Finalists:

Yasmeen Akhtar – 17 years old                                

Kashif Haider – 22 years old                                     

Young Person’s Council – 16-25 years old   

Nazia Hussain – 19 years old      

 

Winner:   Hamzah Hafesji – 21 years old      

 

Achievement summary:  Hamzah has been actively volunteering to involve other young people in campaigning, lobbying and advocacy work around issues of poverty, he is working on social media campaigns as well as a dialogue between young people and authority officials.  He has always been actively helping other young people to move forward in life. He is currently working with Lord McLennan of Rogart to organise an event at the House of Lords to highlight some of the work around environment and poverty alleviation that he was involved in.

 

5. Best Achievement In Sports Award:

Finalists:

Qasim Farooq – 14 years old                

Ayesha Kauser Hussain - 16 years old

 

Winner:  Fabian Batchelor – 19 years old

 

Achievement summary: Fabian trains several times a week with Birchfield Harriers in the 100m and 200m. He has achieved a vast quantity of gold medals from a whole range of championship races that he has participated in.

 

6. Campaigner of the Year Award:

 

Finalists:

Kashif Haider – 22 years old                           

Abu Syddek – 21 years old                    

Qasim Farooq – 14 years old       

Sana Aziz – 19 years old    

 

Winner:   Yasmeen Akhtar – 17 years old     

 

Achievement summary: Yasmeen has been involved with the National Citizen Service for a number of years. She is a Youth Board member for the black country and in her role has amongst other things raised awareness for mental health illness.

 

7. Employee of the Year Award:

 

Shortlisted:

Shenise Wright – 20 years old                        

Jamie Scott – 21 years old 

 

Finalists:

Mariah Hassan – 18 years old

Holly Wilkes – 24  years old

Sonya Ahmed – 22 years old

Jessica Lench – 24 years old

 

Winner: Hamzah Hafesji – 21 years old

 

Achievement summary:

 

Hamzah Hafesji joined a charity based in Birmingham City University as an intern as part of his Business and Administration degree and spent 9 months away from home in Tanzania working on climate change and poverty alleviation projects.  Whilst there, he took the opportunity to get involved in local initiatives with the charity and developed a number of new projects including a proposal to train 20 villages in environmental sustainability (which also includes an attempt to break the Guinness world record for planting the most trees in Kilimanjaro area) so that these communities can work towards breaking the cycle of poverty. 

 

Youth Achievement Awards 2014 Winner: 

 

HAMZAH HAFESJI – 21 years old

 

Hamzah Hafesji joined a charity based in Birmingham City University as an intern as part of his Business and Administration degree and spent 9 months away from home in Tanzania working on climate change and poverty alleviation projects. Hamzah’s main role as an intern was to develop a Communications Department for which he recruited volunteers and developed the organisation website and many of the publicity material that are being used to promote the organisations charitable work being done in the region.  Whilst there, he took the opportunity to get involved in local initiatives with the charity and developed a number of new projects including a proposal to train 20 villages in environmental sustainability (which also includes an attempt to break the Guinness world record for planting the most trees in Kilimanjaro area) so that these communities can work towards breaking the cycle of poverty. 

 

Hamzah has been actively volunteering to involve other young people in campaigning, lobbying and advocacy work around issues of poverty, he is working on social media campaigns as well as a dialogue between young people and authority officials.  He has always been actively helping other young people to move forward in life. He is currently working with Lord McLennan of Rogart to organise an event at the House of Lords to highlight some of the work around environment and poverty alleviation that he was involved in.

 

 

 Youth Achievement Awards 2013

The Youth Achievement Awards has been set up by Community Foundation to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people in the community, as well as to encourage them to continuously develop themselves further and aspire and motivate others. 

 

Following the success of last year’s Student Achievement Awards, we have now expanded the award categories to recognise other achievements made by young people who have strived hard to achieve great results in the field of social, recreational, educational, or in employment.

 

Any young person aged between 16-25 years old, living, working or studying in West Midlands can be nominated for any of the 7 award categories. Self nomination can also be made with the support of an independent verifier.

 

The Award Categories are:

 

1. Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

Student who have strived hard and achieved outstanding academic results in either GCSE, A-Level or a Degree.

 

2. Business Person of the Year Award

A business set up and ran by a young people, which is now successful established and running.

 

3. Role Model of the Year Award

A young person who has been/set positive example for other people to follow

 

4. Volunteer of the Year Award

A young person who has dedicated their time and energy regularly to help others.

 

5. Best Achievement in Sports Award

A young person who has excelled in a sport and achieved recognition of their sporting skills 

 

6. Campaigner of the Year Award

A young person who has campaigned long and hard to address a community concern nationally or internationally. 

 

7. Employee of the Year Award

A young person who has settled in well into their work and has made a significant effort to carry out their duties over and above the requirements of the jobs.

 

The closing date for nominations is 5.00pm Friday 4 October 2013. Please return completed forms to: info@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk

 

The Youth Achievement Award Ceremony will be held on 22 October 2013, where our panel of judges will announce the winners, who will be invited with their family to receive one of the awards from our distinguished invited dignitaries, including leading businessman, senior council & government officers, local councillors and Members of Parliament.

 

For further information, please contact Raihan Hussain by email: raihan@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk Tel: 0121 572 5154

     Youth Achievement Awards 2012

In 2012, Community Foundation hosted a ‘Student Achievement AwardS 2012’ ceremony to recognise and award students who have achieved a number of ‘A’ star grades in this year’s GCSE and ‘A’ level examinations.



The event took place on Thursday 11th October 2012 at the Royal Suite Banqueting Palace in Perry Barr.  Farooq Murad the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain was the chief guest speaker at the event.
 

Students across the West Midlands have achieved excellent GCSE and A level results this year. In the West Midlands alone, pupils passed 69.4 per cent of GCSEs at grades A* to C; and for A levels in total, 26.6 per cent of students achieved A or A* grade.



In 2013 we will be hosting the Young People Achievement Awards to recognise achievements in the field of sports, academic excellence, career progression, and community contribution.