THE search is on for the most inspirational youngsters across Wearside.
Sunderland City Council has launched the annual appeal to find nominations for the Young Achievers Awards 2015.
Now in its 22nd year, the awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by young people in all aspects of community life across the city.
Last year’s overall winner and volunteer lifeguard, James Corner, joined fellow category winners and Sunny the Seagull from SUN FM, on Roker Beach to help begin this year’s search for the city’s most talented, extraordinary and community spirited young people.
The awards – sponsored by the Echo – are open to anyone living in Sunderland aged between eight and 20 years old, and celebrate the achievements, bravery, talent and positive contribution they have made to the lives of their families and others.
This year a panel of previous winners have worked on dividing the awards into several categories to widen the scope of eligibility.
Categories are now music and the performing arts, personal achievement, academic achievement, young carer, young volunteer, sport, school council, and anti-bullying. All winners and runners-up will then be invited to attend the awards presentation and annual celebratory event at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, March 26 next year.
Portfolio Holder for children’s services, Councillor Pat Smith, said: “We can all be very proud of the young people in our city and the massive contribution they make to so many aspects of life.
“Our annual Young Achievers awards are a celebration and recognition of that contribution, and I hope people will get involved again and nominate a young person they think deserves such an honour.
“Sunderland was one of the first cities in the UK to launch this kind of annual awards, and I’m delighted that many others have followed our example to celebrate the achievements of other young people across the country.”
Nominations can be made online on www.sun-fum.com/YA15 or by contacting Jane Wheeler, participation and engagement lead at the council on 561 7430 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other sponsors for this year’s Sunderland Young Achievers Awards include Sun FM, Nissan, SAFC Foundation, R&B Group, The Arts Centre Washington, Gentoo Sunderland, Northumbrian Water, University of Sunderland Students Union and the City Governors Association.