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Friday, 23 November 2012

Awards ceremony salutes young people’s achievements

Islington Tribune

Caric James, left, and Julious Joseph, who set up the Pro Excellence Sports Academy, winner of the Youth Project of the Year Award. Below, other winners

Published: 23 November, 2012

MORE than 150 guests watched some of Islington’s most inspirational youngsters pick up a host of awards for their achievements.

The Youth Achievement Awards ceremony, at the Assembly Hall earlier this month, saw 18-year-old Adam Rachid receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. Despite being a part-time carer for three younger siblings and a sick parent, he still found time to volunteer to work on a project designing and building a pond at Hilldrop Community Centre.

Adam is acting as a mentor to another young person at The Zone Youth Project and is pursuing a career as a comedian.

The Young Achiever of the Year Award went to 16-year-old Dene Figueira De Sousa.

Dene has contributed to many youth schemes across the borough, is an active member of The Zone Youth Project committee and is in the process of setting up a social enterprise scheme running a café.

Certificates were presented by Islington Council education chief Councillor Richard Watts and Town Hall chief executive Lesley Seary. Cllr Watts said: “Everyone who attended the awards felt inspired by the stories they heard.”

Entertainment came from music project Spectrum and singers and dancers from The Zone and Lift youth projects.

Other winners were: Sporting Individual Award: Pro Excellence Sports Academy, Caric James and Julious Joseph; Youth Project of the Year Award: Pro Excellence Sports Academy; Young Voice Award: Victoria Azubuike; Young Arts Award: Shantelle Peterking.

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