Let's celebrate amazing young people
Do you know a young person living, working or studying in Midlothian or a youth group whose contribution to their local community deserves to be recognised?
The Midlothian’s Young People Awards (MYPA) 2019 are now open for nominations in five categories. This follows the successful launch of the inaugural awards last year, which were held to mark the Year of Young People.
Supported by Young Ambassadors
These awards are organised by Midlothian Council in conjunction with the Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian. They are also supported by Midlothian Young Ambassadors, selected for their commitment and ability as young leaders or volunteers.
The five award categories reflect the various positive contributions of young people to Midlothian. The categories are:
- Caring and Volunteering
- Local Community
- Sport and Physical Activity
- Arts and Culture
- Achievement in Learning
Nominations for each of the awards can be made by individuals, youth organisations, schools and colleges and employers. The judging panel consists of a young person and representatives in the community for each category.
Nominees should be aged between 8-26 years old at the time of their nomination.
Copies of the nomination forms will be available in Midlothian schools, libraries and leisure centres.
Nominations close on Friday 31 May 2019.
Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony, hosted by Midlothian’s Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Robert M Clerk Bt, at Penicuik House on 6 September 2019. Each winner will receive a trophy, certificate and a cash prize to be gifted to a Midlothian community group or local charity of their choice.
The Midlothian Prize
In addition to the five category awards, there is also a sixth Midlothian Prize that will be awarded to an overall winner from amongst the winners in all the categories. This award was won last year by Newbattle High School pupil and gymnast Ellie Russell who represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
"Ellie said: “It was absolutely fantastic to receive the award last year, especially as it was voted for by those in the community who supported me so much on my journey. It was really great to see so many other young people recognised for the amazing things they are doing too.”
The other 2018 winners were Zac Treacy who was awarded the Local Community prize, Swara Suliman who won the Caring and Volunteering award, Blair Henderson picked up the Sports and Physical Activity award and Cory Cummings who won the Achievement in Learning award. The National Mining Museum Scotland Youth Panel were also winners, picking up the Arts and Culture Award.
Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian
Midlothian’s Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Robert M Clerk Bt, said:
"Following the success of last year’s inaugural award, and working in partnership with Midlothian Council and Midlothian Young Ambassadors, I am delighted that we are able to hold Midlothian’s Young People Awards again for 2019. I would encourage everyone to nominate a young person, for their achievements in one of the award categories, so that, once again, we can highlight and celebrate the wonderful contributions made to life in Midlothian by our inspiring young people.’
Councillor Jim Muirhead
Cllr Jim Muirhead, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said:
"The Midlothian's Young People Awards have been created to highlight the fantastic achievements of inspirational young people in the area. These awards also enable us to hear about the incredible journeys they took to get there. I would urge friends, families, educational establishments and other groups working with young people to get involved by nominating anyone whose efforts they feel should be acknowledged. Positive contributions deserve celebrating."
Midlothian's Young People Awards are sponsored by Cala Homes, Dalkeith Country Park and Restoration Yard, Hunters Coaches, Procure Wizard (Access Group) and McTaggart Scott.