MEDWAY AFRICAN CARIBBEAN ASSOCATION YOUNG BLACK ACHEIVERS AWARD FINALISTS SELECTED.
Over 20 nominations were received for the 2nd annual awards this year, which were more than received last year.
15 finalists have been selected this year and the awards will be presented to the winners on the 27th October at the Brook Theatre in Chatham , Kent, from 7pm at an all star event by representatives from Kent Police DCI Jon Sutton, Kele Le Roc International award wining RnB star, Patrick Augustus, award winning author of BBC BabyFather fame, former Drifter Jahson ,reggae singer Tuggawar, representing Jet Star Records, 4Sure the XFactor finalists alongside Chairperson Carol Stewart and other surprise guests on the night.
Carol Stewart, Chairperson of the association said, it was much more difficult to choose the finalists this year, as all of the nominations were worthy of recognition.
Those that made it through to the finals were chosen because of their extra special achievements or for overcoming particular difficulties, and some for contributions they have made to the community.
The awards seem to have grown this year, and although we have not received as much sponsorship as we would have liked, we have still carried on regardless, as we believe that it is important for us to recognise the achievements of our young people, because we believe that these awards will help to encourage them to continue to believe in themselves, we are hoping that the awards will continue to grow!
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The finalists this year and the categories are:
Finalists in this category were selected for the hard work and selflessness they demonstrated in caring for other family members, putting their own needs aside as young people, and still trying to achieve positive outcomes for themselves.
Emmaline is a 7yr old young carer, who cares for her brother Kieron aged 2yrs 8 months. Kieron has Cerebral Palsy, limited hearing,and a shunt. Emmaline helps with his physio, personal care, feeding but also offers him emotional support. Emmaline has been a member of Medway Young Carers Project since February 2007. She is polite young person whose smile lights up the room. Emmaline is a valued member of the project.
Ormar is a 10yr old boy who came to this country nearly 4yrs ago to live with his step-mother, he is a young carer for his mum who has mobility problems. Ormar helps with personal care, laundry washing, food shopping , grass cutting and offers emotional support. Ormar is an active member of the young carers project, he is full of energy.
Finalists in this category were chosen for their significant achievement in education.
Camealia aged 23: Has achieved some remarkable academic results, and worked whilst studying to achieve such high grades. She left school with 11 GSCE’s at grade A-C.
She left college with a BTEC National Diploma in applied Science and Sports Studies with a Graduate Merit.
She then went on to gain a University Degree in a BSC and Business Studies and Marketing gaining a grade 2:1.
She has always worked whilst studying, gaining the skills that have helped her in her current career, a confident and creative person, who continues to maintain her skills and knowledge, a learned person, and a credit to other young people.
She has now gained successful employment as a buyer’s assistant for a top retail firm in London.
Achieving a Positive Outcome
Finalists in this category were chosen for the achievements they made through overcoming significant difficulties in life and still remaining positive and focussed.
Luke aged 10
Luke has been in the care system since he was 4mths old. He has epilepsy and a visual impairment. He has been with the same carers who have now adopted him.
Despite a negative prognosis soon after birth, Luke defied all the odds, and has remained cheerful and displays a confident, manner even when in unfamiliar surroundings. They make his adoptive parents very proud. Although his disabilities impact upon him significantly he copes well, often with a smile. He would love to show the world his talent of “whistling”, his mum said.
Dylan aged 13: Dylan was spotted by a Gillingham FC football scout with a ball at Chatham playing field aged 8. He was signed by them aged 9 after a 6 week trial.
He played left midfield for 2 seasons, but was plagued with injury for the 2nd season. After several hospital visits and physio treatment, the true extent of his injuries was not revealed.
When he played again the following season, Dylan sustained a gruelling injury that left him unable to play, due to a damaged cartilage, and the hopes of a career in football, or so everyone thought were dashed for Dylan.
But Dylan did not give up.
He persisted with his gruelling physio treatment for 8 months, and eventually was able to play again, and came back fitter and stronger back to play for the team he loved. In his last appraisal his manager felt he has what it takes to be successful.
Jade aged 14.
Jade has been an active member of the Medway community and Medway African Caribbean Association, and even though she is an active young person, she has still worked hard at school and been able to achieve her first GSCE at aged 13 in R.E and achevive a Grade B.
Jade has been involved in the MACA Saturday School as a volunteer, the Medway Youth Parliament, she has applied for funding on behalf of the association, organised events for the young people, and organised a young people’s steering group.
She was one of 24 students in her school taking a full GSCE; she was selected for her excellent achievement and potential.
Jade is one of MACA’s young people and one who we hope will carry on the work of the association into the future!
Finalists in this category were selected for their significant contribution and achievement in the arts
Sherice aged 14: attended choir throughout the year and supported the school in performing several events. She had singing lessons to improve her technique and confidence and has made significant progress. She sang a version of Amazing Grace this term to celebrate the Bicentenary of the abolition of slavery with Violet who attends the same school.
Adrian aged 22: Has been a talented artist since before he went to school. He excelled in his GCSE’s in Art and went onto KIAD. His dream was to become an Architect.
He earned a place at Kingston University.
He initially struggled with the standard of the work, and after having failed the 2nd and 3rd years, his self esteem and confidence was knocked, and self doubt kicked in.
However he persevered and he eventually passed and has now been appointed as an assistant architect in London, doing the job that he has trained for, his confidence regained and his creativity.
Violet aged 14: Violet has worked extremely hard throughout the term and her work is of a consistently high quality. She enjoys art and is very meticulous in her work, applying good technique in her work. She sang a version of Amazing Grace this term to celebrate the Bicentenary of the abolition of slavery with Sherice who attends the same school.
Finalists in this category were selected for their achievements in the field of sports and for overcoming the odds to achieve in the field of sports and also for any excellence in sports.
Michael aged 15: An extremely gifted and talented sports person, particularly fast in the 100m, clocking a time of 11.68 seconds!!
Leon aged 16: Leon who suffers from Dyslexia held the district record for the 200m and was selected to play for Kent in Football. He worked hard despite he learning difficulty to achieve grade C in his GCSE, and has now gone on to college and is doing extremely well, a very talented sports person, who his school feel will do well in his sport.
Jordan aged 16: at aged 16 Jordan is already destined to be a world boxing champion. Holding titles such as the National Golden Gloved Champion, Gold Medallist in the 4 Nations Boxing Tournament, Junior ABA Champion, Great British Champion, In 3 England International he was selected 2 times as Captain
He has had over 10 contests and his achievements are being looked into for the National records and possibly the Guinness Book of Records!
Grant aged 12: Has performed an exceptional standard in football, He currently represents the school football team; he plays for Tottenham Hotspurs FC Youth Team.
He shows commitment to travelling to London every week and still maintains his studies which remain of a high standard.
Finalists in this category were chosen for recognition of the work they do in supporting the community ,in giving up of their time for voluntary work, or in supporting and developing others and to recognise the achievements they have made in this area.
Kyle aged 16: Kyle has given his voluntary time to support his local youth club at the Sunlight Centre. He has been a regular visitor to the centre for the last 2 years. And particularly living in a neighbourhood where he could become involved in less constructive activities, Kyle chose to stand out from the crowd and has become an excellent role model for his friends. He gives his time freely and makes a positive contribution to the project.
Sam aged 16: Sam has Dysphasia; he attends a special unit in Gillingham. He has stood out from the crowd because of his courage to succeed. He has high personal standards and always shows empathy towards others.
He has supported peers in his unit and fellow mentors at support meetings; he has superb IT skills, and is able to make his peers feel at ease, with his excellent problem solving skills.
He is a young man with personal drive and ambition and has encouraged others to follow his lead.