Young people across the North East who make a positive contribution within their local community look set to shine at a regional awards ceremony taking place at the BALTIC this December.
The tagline for the PoSBOs 2015 is “Celebrating Young People in the North East” because we believe that the work young people do to benefit communities across the North East should be celebrated and recognised.
The PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate and recognise the hard work and outstanding achievements made by North East youngsters.
The awards will take place at the BALTIC in Gateshead on Thursday 10 December and are hosted annually by Youth Focus: North East, a charity that works across the region to improve the lives of young people.
The awards aim to challenge and change negative perceptions and stereotypes of young people, with the event entirely organised by a group of young volunteers, formerly involved in the Truth about Youth programme.
Any young person aged 11-25 in the North East can be put forward for an award, and this year there are eight categories, including several awards which recognise young carers, young employees and inspirational young people:
- Inter-generational Award
- Best Youth Project 2015
- Young People’s Participation Award
- Young Carer 2015
- Young Volunteer Award 2015
- Young Employee 2015
- Youth Media Award
- Inspirational Young Person/Group
Nominations close on Friday 16 October 2015. For more details about the Awards and how to nominate, visit www.youthfocusne.org.uk/posboawards/ or call 0191 477 9966.
Sara Jackson, 20, from Newcastle, who won the Inspiring Others award at the 2011 PoSBO Awards said: “Winning the award for Inspiring Others in 2011 was a great achievement for me; it was a fantastic feeling to be nominated, let alone win the award!
“I was shocked to hear my name be read out; as the other young people in the category had done such fantastic work I was almost convinced it would have gone to them.
“The whole night was a great experience to see the amount of amazing and inspirational things young people were capable of and I’m sure this year will showcase some more great work carried out by the young people in the North East.”
Everyone who is shortlisted will be invited along to the awards ceremony and presented with their awards on Thursday 10 December 2015 at the BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, in Gateshead.
As well as hosting the PoSBO Awards Youth Focus: North East, established 25 years ago, is an award-winning charity that delivers a number of regional programmes encompassing youth employment, health, education and the arts, and inter-generational work.