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posted by: Kallahan Benjamin
The outstanding achievements of Hackney's young people were celebrated at the 10th Hackney Youth Awards at Ocean Music Venue in Hackney last week (Thursday 24 September).
More than 300 people attended the biggest and best ever awards ceremony to celebrate the young people of Hackney who have made a special commitment and positive contribution to their community over the last year.
The evening featured the presentation of eight main awards, including a new 'Higher Achievement Award' that was won by Queensbridge Football Team for their outstanding efforts and achievement in winning this year’s Five Boroughs’ football tournament.
Other award winners on the night included Kelly-Louise Edward in the Citizenship category; Niahl Warner for Enterprise; Lindsay Jones for Personal Achievement; Sarai Neale for Peer Education; Rachel Piper for Environment; and Aisha Koia for Special Contribution. The Group Award was won by Luminous, and everyone short listed for an award received a special mention.
Councillor Rita Krishna, Hackney's Cabinet Member for Children Services, said: "Congratulations to everyone involved, especially the young people who have shown great enterprise and creativity and are a positive image for their peers.
“The awards are an important way for us to celebrate and showcase the talent and commitment of young people in Hackney, and are a fantastic rebuttal to the negative portrayal of our youth."
BBC Radio 1 host Ras Kwame was the compere for the glitzy event organised by a Youth Steering Group. The evening included music and entertainment featuring some of Hackney’s exceptional young talent and a special live performance by emerging teenage star Tinie Tempah.
Nominations for the eight categories were made by youth workers from within Hackney Youth Services and the awards were presented by special guests and dignitaries, including Diane Abbott MP, Atique Choudhury, Owner of YumYum Restaurant, Jennette Arnold, London Assembly Member, Alan Wood, Director of Children’s Services for London Borough of Hackney and Chief Executive of The Learning Trust, Jean Lambert Green MEP for London, Councillor Muttalip Unluer, Speaker of Hackney, Clare Crawford, Service Manager – Centre Based Provision and Yiannis Kouris, Head of School – London City Hospitality Centre.
Hackney Youth Awards is organised by Hackney Youth Service, Hackney Voluntary Action, Rising Tide, Hackney Homes and the Metropolitan Police. They aim to highlight the care and hard work young people put into the community.