NEW UK PUBLICATION FOCUSING ON YOUNG BLACK ACHIEVERS AND THEIR ROUTES TO SUCCESS

19th June 2017

NEW UK PUBLICATION FOCUSING ON YOUNG BLACK ACHIEVERS AND THEIR ROUTES TO SUCCESS

Black Youth Achievement Awards UK (BYA Awards) will be publishing a refreshing new magazine in October 2017, as a lead up to their 10 year anniversary in 2018. The magazine is being produced in partnership with Leading Routes and UCL (University College London).

Continuing with their ethos of focusing on positive representations of black & mixed heritage youth and promoting realistic role models, the magazine will feature some of the previous Black Youth Achievement Award winners and nominees, along with other UK high achievers across different categories in the ‘Stories of Success’ articles.

Kay Oldroyd founder of Black Youth Achievement Awards said “I’m really proud that BYA Awards will be celebrating a decade in 2018 and thought that it would be the ideal time to find out what some of our previous nominees have been doing and share their ongoing successes with people through this new publication. I’m sure the readers will find their stories very interesting and motivational.”

Geared towards an audience of young people, parents, schools and communities the magazine aims to inspire and create an awareness around the various routes of progression that are available in education, employment and enterprise along with providing information and guidance on numerous topics such as finance, technology, health & wellbeing, relationships, personal development and more.

Additionally, there will be a directory of services and products to refer to when seeking advice and support.

5000 copies will initially be printed and distributed free of charge to schools, local authorities, housing associations and youth & community organisations in the following areas with an online version also available :

London / Luton / Milton Keynes / Birmingham/ Manchester / Leeds / Sheffield / Ipswich / Nottingham / Surrey / Sussex.

“UCL is delighted to partner with Black Youth Achievement Awards to sponsor the 2017 BYA Awards magazine, to celebrate the achievements of the young people and organisations that have been recognised since 2008.

UCL has a long history of equality and diversity. It was the first university in the country to admit students regardless of their race or religion, and the first to admit women on equal terms with men. BME students make up over 40% of UCL’s undergraduate intake, and in 2015 it became one of the first universities to gain the Race Equality Charter Mark.

However, students from Black African and Black Caribbean backgrounds are still underrepresented at UCL compared with the London population. UCL is committed to working with local schools and families, as well as charities and community organisations such as Leading Routes, Generating Genius and Amos Bursaries to support talented Black students and keep their achievement high.” – Lucie March, Access Manager, UCL

For more information contact info@bya-awards.com

 

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  • There are editorial, advertorial and sponsorship opportunities available
  • The magazine launch will be held at a special event in October
  • Black Youth Achievement Awards is the UK’s only national platform of celebration recognising young people of black / mixed African Caribbean heritage across 14 different categories up to the age of 25. It was founded in 2008 by Kay Oldroyd as a way to counteract the negative stereotype and provide a more balanced perspective around young people.
  • Leading Routes is a pioneering initiative, established to address the challenges faced by Black students and graduates, with a particular focus on supporting ambitious young people into competitive universities and professions. The organisation’s mission is to increase the number of high-achieving African Caribbean students thriving at competitive universities.

Lambeth resident wins at the 6th National Black Youth Achievement Awards

Lambeth resident Nathan Mavila was announced as the winner of the Sports category at the 6th National Black Youth Achievement Awards (BYA Awards) on Saturday 26th November at the event held at The CEME Conference centre in Rainham in Essex, which was hosted by Sky1 and Radio 1Xtra presenter Remel London.

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Sponsored by Barnardo’s, 14 individuals were celebrated for their achievements and stories of success across 14 different categories.
The event was opened by The Mayor of Havering Councillor Philippa Crowder who welcomed everyone to the borough. Cllr Crowder expressed after the event how much she enjoyed hearing about the young achievers.

 

Sam Monaghan, Barnardo’s Corporate Director of Children Services, spoke about their involvement as Headline sponsor of the awards and also as sponsor of the Resilience category which recognises young people in care, care leavers and those overcoming adversity.

 

MOBO award winner Nadia Rose showed guests exactly why she’s one of the fastest rising stars in the UK music scene with a lively performance of 3 of her tracks including summer hit ‘Crank It’ followed by spoken word artist ‘She Speaks True’ who took everyone on a poetic journey with her thought-provoking words.

 

The BYA Awards youngest ever winner Joshua Beckford returned to give an amazing run down of all that he has been doing since winning the Education Award in 2012 when he was just 6 years old. Joshua, who is on the autism spectrum, is fascinated with human anatomy and wishes to be a scientist when he is older, as well as a doctor and heart surgeon. He has written books as well as being on Oxford University’s Gifted & Talented programme.

 

Now a highly respected and regarded event on the community calendar, the BYA Awards welcome previous winners to come back and co-present in their respective winning categories as BYA Ambassadors. This year, 9 ambassadors were in attendance and shared their inspirational stories and journeys since winning in various years.  Rasheed Ige, Community Award Winner 2014 said “The BYA Awards are a much needed celebration of black positivity and prosperity with a strong focus on young people. The awards provide motivation and inspiration to not only the award nominees but all those who attend also.”

 

Kay Oldroyd founded the BYA Awards in 2008 in a bid to challenge and counteract the negative stereotype and portrayal of black and mixed heritage youth in the UK. Relying on sponsorship and fundraising to be able to host the not-for-profit ceremony, Kay spoke about the challenges that she still faces each year and asked for more community and business involvement to ensure that she can continue to provide the platform of celebration that is so desperately needed.

 

“It’s essential that we continue to uplift and support our young people so that they can be the positive change within our society. I started the Black Youth Achievement Awards to focus on all the great things that happen rather than the stories of gangs and killings which only a minority of people are involved in -it’s really important that we don’t forget that and help our children to feel valued and worthy.” – Kay Oldroyd, Founder Black Youth Achievement Awards.

 

 

Black Youth Achievement Award Winners 2016

 

Nathan Mavila – Sports Award

Aaron Plummer – Resilience Award

Luke Doyley – Performing Arts Award

Tunde Amao – Literary Arts Award

Khadija Abdelhamid – Community Award

Simone Darling – Choices Award

Floriane Fidegnon – STEM Award

Na’ariyah Hall – Business & Enterprise Award

Chazi Mwale – Education Award

Jamie Williams – Visual Arts

Marian Adejokun – International Champion Award

Carol Stewart – Mother of the Year

Daniel Gabriel Headley – Father of the Year

Working With Men – Youth Organisation of the Year

 

NOTES:-

  • For images and interviews with Kay Oldroyd or the award winners or to find out about nominations, involvement and sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 awards on Saturday 25th November 2017, contact:-

 

Kay Oldroyd:-

info@bya-awards.com   m: 07415 874 770

 

Press Release – Winners of the 6th National Black Youth Achievement Awards announced

Winners of the 6th National Black Youth Achievement Awards announced

 

Winners of the 6th National Black Youth Achievement Awards (BYA Awards) were announced on Saturday 26th November at the event hosted by Sky1 and Radio 1Xtra presenter Remel London.

Sponsored by Barnardo’s, 14 individuals were celebrated for their achievements and stories of success across 14 different categories.

Held this year at The CEME Conference Centre in Rainham, the event was opened by The Mayor of Havering Councillor Philippa Crowder who welcomed everyone to the borough. Cllr Crowder expressed after the event how much she enjoyed hearing about the young achievers.

Sam Monaghan, Barnardo’s Corporate Director of Children Services, spoke about their involvement as Headline sponsor of the awards and also as sponsor of the Resilience category which recognises young people in care, care leavers and those overcoming adversity.

MOBO award winner Nadia Rose showed guests exactly why she’s one of the fastest rising stars in the UK music scene with a lively performance of 3 of her tracks including summer hit ‘Crank It’ followed by spoken word artist ‘She Speaks True’ who took everyone on a poetic journey with her thought-provoking words.

The BYA Awards youngest ever winner Joshua Beckford returned to give an amazing run down of all that he has been doing since winning the Education Award in 2012 when he was just 6 years old. Joshua, who is on the autism spectrum, is fascinated with human anatomy and wishes to be a scientist when he is older, as well as a doctor and heart surgeon. He has written books as well as being on Oxford University’s Gifted & Talented programme.

Now a highly respected and regarded event on the community calendar, the BYA Awards welcome previous winners to come back and co-present in their respective winning categories as BYA Ambassadors. This year, 9 ambassadors were in attendance and shared their inspirational stories and journeys since winning in various years.  Rasheed Ige, Community Award Winner 2014 said “The BYA Awards are a much needed celebration of black positivity and prosperity with a strong focus on young people. The awards provide motivation and inspiration to not only the award nominees but all those who attend also.”

Kay Oldroyd founded the BYA Awards in 2008 in a bid to challenge and counteract the negative stereotype and portrayal of black and mixed heritage youth in the UK. Relying on sponsorship and fundraising to be able to host the not-for-profit ceremony, Kay spoke about the challenges that she still faces each year and asked for more community and business involvement to ensure that she can continue to provide the platform of celebration that is so desperately needed.

“It’s essential that we continue to uplift and support our young people so that they can be the positive change within our society. I started the Black Youth Achievement Awards to focus on all the great things that happen rather than the stories of gangs and killings which only a minority of people are involved in -it’s really important that we don’t forget that and help our children to feel valued and worthy.” – Kay Oldroyd,  Founder Black Youth Achievement Awards.

Black Youth Achievement Award Winners 2016

 

Aaron Plummer – Resilience Award

Luke Doyley – Performing Arts Award

Tunde Amao – Literary Arts Award

Khadija Abdelhamid – Community Award

Simone Darling – Choices Award

Floriane Fidegnon – STEM Award

Na’ariyah Hall – Business & Enterprise Award

Chazi Mwale – Education Award

Jamie Williams – Visual Arts

Marian Adejokun – International Champion Award

Nathan Mavila – Sports Award

Carol Stewart – Mother of the Year

Daniel Gabriel Headley – Father of the Year

Working With Men – Youth Organisation of the Year
 

NOTES:-

  • For images and interviews with Kay Oldroyd or the award winners or to find out about nominations, involvement and sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 awards on Saturday 25th November 2017, contact:-

 

Kay Oldroyd:- online levitra uk

info@bya-awards.com   m: 07415 874 770

 

  • Donations can be made at gofundme.com/blackyouthachievements
  • Information at bya-awards.com

The Winners 2016!

A massive congratulations to all the nominees and finalists this year.

 

Here are the 2016 winners!

 

Resilience Award – Aaron Plummer

Community Award – Khadija Abdelhamid

International Champion Award – Marian Adejokun

Literary Arts Award – Tunde Amao

Mother of the Year Award – Carol Stewart

Performing Arts Award – Luke Doyley

Choices Award – Simone Darling

Business and Enterprise Award – Na’ariyah Hall

Youth Organisation of the Year Award – Working With Men

Sports Award – Nathan Mavila

Visual Arts Award – Jamie Williams

STEM Award – Floriane Fidegnon

Education Award – Chazi Mwale

Father of the Year Award – Daniel Gabriel Headley

 

See more photos here

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Host Remel London with Joshua Beckford, youngest BYA Award winner in 2012 at the age of 6 in the Education category.

See more photos here

MOBO nominee Nadia Rose to headline

It’s been an amazing year for Croydon artist Nadia Rose

Signing to Relentless Records, performing in Rio at the Olympics, dropping ‘Skwod’ and recently ‘Crank It’ and also up for 2 MOBOs for Best Newcomer and Best Video – we’re really excited to have her perform at BYA Awards 2016 on Saturday 26th November!

Hosted by Remel London

Remel London is a bubbly, energetic, fun award winning TV & Radio presenter and media personality. Since graduating with a BA Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Leeds in 2010, Remel London has gone on to be a well known and loved TV and radio presenter and host as well as an online and video blogger.

 

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Known for her love of UK music she is the face and lead presenter of Link Up TV, ILUVLIVE and SKY 1’s What’s Up, Remel and has racked up over 10,000 followers on twitter, over 5000 connections on Facebook as well as over 3 million views combined across several YouTube channels that continues to grow each day.

Her Presenting style is comedic, warm and relaxed which credits her healthy knowledge of all things Showbiz, music and entertainment.

As well as producing entertainment content Remel is a noted urban music specialist and for this reason she was elected a position on the MOBO Awards music industry panel from 2013 – 2015 MOBO ceremonies.

 

 

#IamNotGangland – the live debate

Did you miss ‘Gangland: The Impact‘ – the live youth debate that we held on Thursday 29th September?
#IamNotGangland is a social media campaign to show more positive images of young people.

We held a Facebook Live youth debate to discuss some of the negatives / positives that may have come from the September broadcast of the Channel 5 documentary.

Watch it below and let us know what you think.

 

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Free Your Mind is Child Domestic Violence and Mental Heath support, awareness and support service.
Domestic Violence and Mental Illness is a major problem of our time; one that impacts on all aspects of a person’s life.

  • 1 in 3 children will have a mental illness as a direct result of family violence in their home.
  • 1.8 million are effected across the UK.
  • 1 billion children are effected globally.

Here at Free Your Mind we are determined to redress this problem by providing the tools, support and community to help people rebuild their sense of self, and to empower them by teaching and advocating self-care and helping them to share their experience.

Free Your Mind is a registered Community Interest Company, founded by Natasha Benjamin in 2013 when she began a personal blog which grew in following and Free your Mind was born.

‘Once I knew that my recovery was my responsibility I started to understand and take control of my life and the way I was living it and I want to help, guide and encourage others to do the same.’