The YES Awards 2019
The YES Project held an Award ceremony on Monday 18th February to celebrate the achievements of the young people on the project.
Attended by over 60 people and held at Hansom Hall in Leicester city centre, the event proved to be an inspiring afternoon. The event celebrated nominated participants achievements and on the day, attendees heard truly inspiring stories of determination, overcoming challenges and personal growth.
Kickboxer and ‘This Girl Can’ Sporting Champion, Natasha Mina, joined the celebrations as the motivational speaker, delivering a passionate and uplifting account of her own personal journey and the barriers she’s overcome to thrive and inspire the young people to follow their path to success. Natasha said:
A truly liberating and inspirational event that paved a pathway for every single attendee. A clear demonstration of how invaluable these projects are for young people.
The YES Project winners were decided by the projects Delivery Partners taking many factors into consideration, including the barriers each participant had overcome. After each individual Delivery Partner had awarded their chosen participant, the overall ‘Young Person of the Year’ was announced.
As well as the award ceremony, the afternoon concluded with a free raffle for YES Project participants including prizes donated by local businesses.
Summing up the day
Chris Gray from delivery partner Seed Creative, summed up the day:
I feel very proud to be part of the YES project when I heard about how so many of those young people had overcome significant barriers and are now either in employment or full-time education. The YES Project celebration event hammered home to me the need for projects, such as these, to exist and for us to ensure that young people who are feeling lost and vulnerable receive the support that they need.
The YES Project is proud to offer support to young people in Leicester and Leicestershire, delivering a wide range of courses and tailored support to meet their individual needs.
About the Project
The National Lottery Community Fund; YES Project is made up of nine youth organisations and charities (Delivery Partners) from across Leicester and Leicestershire. The aim of the project is to support young people aged 15-24 to take steps toward employment, training and education. Since the commencement of the project in July 2016, we have supported 335 young people aged 15-24, 96 have gained Employed roles and 59 have moved into Education or Training.