INSPIRATIONAL youngsters and children have been given more time to shine.
The deadline for the 2013 Young Achievers’ Awards has been extended.
Launched by Sunderland City Council two decades ago, the awards shine the spotlight on some of the city’s most courageous young people.
Helen Green, creative director of Washington Arts Centre, has been a sponsor of the awards ceremony for about 16 years, backing its annual art exhibition.
She said: “It is not just about the art skills; it is about a huge range of life skills like confidence and enthusiasm, broadening children’s horizons and making new friends.
“It’s genuinely good for the whole community.”
The nomination deadline has been extended to November 23.
After that, two panels of judges will pour over applications.
For the first time, would-be winners will be judged by a panel of their peers, aged 11-20.
Winners receive their awards at a ceremony at the Stadium of Light in March.
This year, young gymnast Shanice Davison, of Albany, Washington, tumbled her way to victory when she was crowned overall winner of the evening, as well as scooping the sport 11-14 award.
Other sponsors include Nike UK, Nissan, the Sunderland Echo, SAFC Foundation, Metro FM, The R&B Group, National Glass Centre, SYP, Gentoo Sunderland, Northumbria Water, Sunderland City Governors’ Association and Springboard Sunderland Trust.
Application forms are available at www.letsgosunderland.com.