Young people don’t get a good press. They face constant criticism from the older generation for their perceived idleness, disobedience, anti-social behaviour, and lack of moral fibre.
But there are actually thousands of young people who, contrary to received wisdom, quietly make a massive contribution to society.
The Staffordshire Newsletter has teamed up with Stafford College to seek out the ‘Children of Courage’ who deserve our praise and respect for their efforts to make life better for others.
We are looking for you, our readers, to nominate children or young adults in the following categories:
Outstanding bravery, fundraiser, special recognition, environment award and carer in helping others.
There are hundreds of young people in the Stafford borough who give up their time to raise money for charitable causes, or who volunteer to do work to improve our environment. There are many others who take on the responsibility of caring for a parent or sibling.
“There are lots of children and young adults who genuinely care, and work hard, for others. We’d like to recognise these young people, and ensure they get the praise and respect that they deserve" says Tim Rumbelow, business manager at the Newsletter.
“We’ve teamed up with Stafford College to launch the Children of Courage awards, and we need you, our readers, to help us identify them.
“If you know of a young person who deserves such recognition, we’d like you to nominate them, using the form at the bottom of this page.
“We’d like our awards to put an end to the perception that youngsters are idle and useless. And we’re delighted that Stafford College is putting its weight behind the project.
“The youth of today get criticised for everything, yet there are lots of youngsters out there who do a lot for society.”
The awards are open to children under the age of 18. We’d like you to nominate them for one of the following categories:
This is to recognise a young person who has endeavoured to save the life of another, or who has shown courage in overcoming personal adversity.
This award will recognise a young person who has gone beyond all expectations to raise money for a good cause, however large or small the amount.
The judging panel is looking for a young person who deserves special recognition for their efforts, whatever they may be, and which do not necessarily fit into any other category.
This will acknowledge a youngster, or group of young people, who have made a notable effort to protect or enhance the local environment with a commitment to improving their school or local community.
Carer in helping others
We are looking for someone who has gone above and beyond as a carer to others, whether they be parents, grandparents or siblings.
If you know someone who fits any of the categories, nominations can be made until the extended deadline of June 9th by filling in the form below. All nominations will be profiled in the Staffordshire Newsletter and online.
All categories, with the exception of the special recognition award, will be decided by reader votes. The special recognition award will be decided by the judging panel, which will comprise members of the Staffordshire Newsletter, including the editor, and our Stafford College partners.