Feature Category – Youth Organisation of the Year

We introduced this category in 2011 when it was originally titled ‘Personal Development Organisation of the Year’ (bit of a mouthful!)


This was then changed to ‘Youth Organisation of the Year‘ in 2012.


The category says a thank you to the many people who put their time, energy and passion into helping young people through challenging situations at home or school, or with family and friends.


Supporting them through academic or unemployment issues. Finding accommodation or escaping from life threatening situations. Whatever the scenario, there are groups and individuals out there, who are giving themselves tirelessly – some paid and some voluntarily.




The BYA Awards know how important these services are in the community, so we say a big THANK YOU to you all and to the previous 3 winners:-


(Pic above) 2012 Winners – Urban Synergy



2011 Winner – Careeta Robert-Green of Break Out The Box



100BMOL stage

2014 Winners – 100 BMOL (100 Black Men of London)

Feature Category – Resilience

The Resilience Award recognises young people who are in care / care leavers as an acknowledgement of their abilities to overcome challenges and go on to achieve beyond their (and other people’s) expectations.

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Shantel Morris was our first Resilience Award winner in 2014.

“I have faced storms and rainy days, my path has been a long journey which is no where near ending. I’ve lived with so many different people who didn’t treat me as if I was human. I’ve been mixed up with gangs, violence, drugs – all the wrong things. My saying is “Be strong now, because things will get better. It might be stormy now but it can’t rain forever.

…at the moment I’m doing an apprenticeship in professional cookery and one day I will have my own restaurant. I am grateful for every breath I take and I wouldn’t change my life for anything.” – Shantel Morris, BYA Resilience Award winner 2014