Voting has now opened for YMCA’s ninth annual Youth Matters Awards, hosted this year by TV presenter and former BBC’s The Apprentice winner, Michelle Dewberry .
Members of the public can vote for their favourites in a range of categories including Young Leader of the Year, Young Worker of the Year, YMCA of the Year and YMCA Project of the Year.
Voting starts online from 2pm on Monday 14 August and runs until midnight on Friday 25 August.
YMCAs from all over England and Wales nominated close to 90 young people and projects for this year’s awards and the nominees have now been whittled down by an all-star group of judges to leave five nominations in each category.
Votes cast by members of the public will be combined with judges’ decisions to determine the top three finalists for each awards category. Winners will be announced on the night at the exclusive central London venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue, near Whitehall in November.
Youth Matters has been an integral part of YMCA’s calendar since 2009. It celebrates the outstanding skills and achievements of young people from across the country and recognises the vital work that YMCAs deliver every day to help transform the lives of young people.
Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England, the national council of YMCAs in England and Wales, said: “Youth Matters is the highlight of YMCA’s year and gives us the opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of our young people and services over the past 12 months.
“There are so many inspiring people who make YMCA what it is and this is our chance to recognise that and tell the world everything young people can do, when they are given the right support.
“Young people from all over England and Wales have been nominated this year and I would urge everyone to get online today and vote for their favourites. We know how much it means for the winners to take home these awards so make sure your vote counts today.”