So, you remember Joshua Beckford…..?

You may remember little Joshua Beckford from BYA Awards 2012, where he won the Education award?


Joshua Beckford, Education winner 2012 see here with Leila Thomas of Urban Synergy, winners of the Youth Organisation of the Year award.


Well since then, he has continued to excel and achieve some more amazing things!


Here’s an update from his dad, Knox Daniel:-


“Joshua has just been invited to speak at the TED x Vienna International Conference on the 22nd October 2016.

TED X will be flying Joshua and I over for the conference where he will speak to over 1,000 attendees and meet some of the top professors and scientists from around the world.

This is another first as he is the only child ever invited to address the adult TED x Conference.


He has also been shortlisted out of 20,000 nominees for the National Diversity Award 2016 in Liverpool Cathedral on the 22nd October.


Haringey Council is including him in a Black History Documentary next week Friday.


He is also features on the website of One United Bank the largest Black Bank in the U.S in Boston.


He has recently finished a Science Course at Imperial College London University!”


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Joshua continues to amaze us and he will be one of our special guest speakers at this year’s BYA Awards on Saturday 26th November at The CEME Conference Centre, Marsh Way, Rainham, Essex RM13 8EU


Get your early bird tickets for the event here

Thank you Power Up Fitness – BYA Supporter

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We’d like to thank Power Up Fitness for supporting BYA Awards this year by becoming a BYA Supporter


Power Up Community Fitness is based in the borough of Waltham Forest, East London and was launched and funded by the Home Office Community Action Against Crime Innovation Fund, in February 2012 and is also supported by the charity SLADA (South Leytonstone Area Development Association).


It is a diversionary activity for young people, using creative callisthenic bodyweight training exercises designed to developing community cohesion, and tapping into the new exciting street styled workouts. These workouts, use outside gyms based in parks and playgrounds, and has gained popularity across the globe.

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Announcing our Headline Sponsor for 2016

We are delighted to welcome Barnardo’s back as not only sponsors of the Resilience category, but also our Headline Sponsor for 2016


Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “We’re really proud to help recognise the successes of black and mixed heritage young people through our support for the BYA Awards. Every day Barnardo’s supports a diverse range of children, young people and families, and we continually witness those young people achieving great things despite the many barriers that may be placed in front of them. There are so many inspiring stories out there, and I’d encourage people to get nominating so we can hear those stories at the awards ceremony in November.”

Thank you NABSS! Our first BYA Supporter


We’d like to thank Nia Imara and NABSS (National Association of Black Supplementary Schools) for supporting BYA Awards this year by becoming our first BYA Supporter!

The UK’s only organisation dedicated to supplementary schools, Saturday schools and full time schools aimed at children of Afrikan heritage and their families. You can find out about all the work that NABSS do at

If you like what you see and want to support Nia and NABSS, please do consider making a donation here. NABSS is self funded and run purely by volunteers. All donations are gratefully accepted.

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Community Category sponsor Juvenis

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Community Category Sponsor 2016 – Winston Goode & Juvenis

Winston fell into a career working with children and young people when he was just a teenager himself. Inspired at a youth club led by one of London’s major charitable housing trusts, he quickly developed a deep passion for youth work. This resolve stuck with him for over 20 years during which he has worked with various educational establishments, youth services and youth justice organisations.  

As a qualified practitioner in the youth work & criminal justice sector he provides specialist support to young people across London.   Currently he is the Project Manager for South Central Youth and was previously The Positive Change Manager & Assistant Head Of Build-it London; two key programmes in Lambeth under the remit of London Youth.  His wish is to combine the knowledge and experience gained in these areas to develop young people’s future potential.


Aside from youth work and overseeing my own registered charity Juvenis – which believes that all young people have more than once chance to fulfil their potential – I am commited to BYA Awards and what the awards stand for within our community.”


Winston is also a Director for Brixton Soup Kitchen (a service for the homeless), Trustee for Block Workout Foundation (a street gym initiative which supports young people through free workouts and mentoring), Head of Partnerships for Spirit Of London Awards (SOLA) which showcases the achievements and community spirit of London’s young people.  


In his spare time he sponsors a number of community events that specialize in supporting young talent such as Peckham BMX Club and last years Urban Entertainment Awards.


Find out more about sponsorship opportunities here