Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards Ceremony 2018

Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards Ceremony 2018

November 25, 2018 11:27 am Published by 1 Comment

Upon joining JCI UK in June, the TOYP awards has been one of my biggest projects, I’ve been designing, researching, nominating, inviting and blogging my way to this very day! To say the least, it has been an honor to have had a part in this initiative and seeing it all come together on Friday at the awards ceremony at our National Convention was incredible.

The Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards is an international programme celebrated annually by JCI to honour young persons or leaders that have had an impact on positive change in the community or have achieved something magnificent in their chosen field.

Subject to further eligibility checks, our 2019 candidates will be also put forward for the global TOYP competition in 2019!

 

Read below all about our amazing winners this year!

 

Chris Hill, age 19, is a second year Choral and Instrumental Scholar at Oxford University. He plays Flute, Piccolo, Sax, Voice, Harp, Clarinet, Oboe, Piano, Organ, Drums and Percussion to above grade 8 and up to Fellowship on the flute. Chris suffers with severe Dysgraphia and Dyslexia but has had no help in his exams/learning, he had to quit A-levels mid-year and retake in one year as opposed to two, just to pursue his dream of having a music career. At aged 12, he achieved Dip ABRSM (equivalent to a degree in performance), he then achieved Associates and Licentiates with Distinction aged 13-16. At aged 16, he received his first Fellowship on the flute, and at aged 19, his second. He has performed both solo and in concert at many famous venues such as the Adelphi theatre West End, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, and Royal Albert Hall London. As well as representing the country Nationally and Internationally, he has already been booked for the next 2 years at prestigious venues. Chris has over 50 trophies and many music medals and has been both awarded and nominated for an extraordinary number of awards. He has also helped raise thousands via charity gigs and has focused on helping anti-bulling campaigns too.

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After receiving a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the Queens University of Belfast in 2005, Dr Emmett Kerr became a project engineer, before then becoming a Mechanical Engineering Supervisor before returning home to a research post in the field of Robotics in the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory at Ulster University’s Magee campus. Dr Kerr reached the top 10 for the EPSRC UK ICT Pioneers competition in 2015 for his work in developing a robotic system that can measure human vital signs similar to medical professionals, allowing robotic hands to identify materials via touch alone, and measure a human pulse, respiratory rate and capillary refill time. Now a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering in the School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems at the Magee Campus of Ulster University, Emmett is very passionate about promoting STEM subjects to young people, showing support through numerous local school visits and judging local science competitions. He has also provided demonstrations of robotics at Public and Governmental events. Emmett also secured £2000 funding from Ulster University Widening Access Department for an Educational Outreach Program to inspire young people to be passionate about and continue studying STEM subjects. His work is currently being used in an assistive living project aimed at enabling elderly and disabled persons to live independently at home for longer.
Mylo was born and raised in a working-class town near Liverpool, at age 19 he got his first job working in the Albert Dock for Virgin Media. He excelled quickly- his knowledge of tech and natural curiosity meant being promoted to a fault analyst, his dream job. His success led to a high-end lifestyle, which sadly spiralled into becoming  involved with drugs and alcohol, over the course of a year he lost his job, home and possessions without obvious warning. Mylo lived a secret homeless life until he moved into a hostel and began his recovery. Mylo went on to found the multi-award-winning app development agency Dreamr, focusing on creating a culture of honesty and integrity. In 2017, he became an investment advisor for Fair by Design, a £20 million fund aimed to help those living in poverty in the UK. In 2018, he left running Dreamr and decided to start the charity Pledge, helping those who were like him ten years ago, as well as fundraising to give back to those affected by the MCR attacks.

 

Emma’s passion for youth work began in the late 90’s, she became involved with the ‘Right to Hope’ project as a young activist, an EU funded initiative forming committees in each county of young people dedicated to supporting peers, representing their homeland and promoting peace. Emma spent three years supporting this and reforming young lives affected by the troubles, including consultations, conferences, developing manifestos and more.This was the kick-start to Emma’s career with Youth Action NI, an organisation that works with the vulnerable and disadvantaged age 14-25. Emma offers developmental programmes, attainable qualifications, pastoral care, and many more methods to promote the importance of the difference in learning from person to person. Emma holds a Bsc Honours in Community Youth Work, graduating from University of Ulster in 200, and now lectures at the university on behalf of YouthAction in this field. Emma has led the Northern Ireland delegation, a group of 6 young people called BIPA Youth (British Irish Parliamentary Assembly), practising mock parliament activities working on issues such as mental health, the economy, the environment, Brexit and more. BIPA Youth featured all 5 nations- NI, UK, Scotland, Ireland, Cymru.

Malala Yousafzai is recognised internationally for her outstanding work as an activist for educational and human rights. Born in Mingora, Swat, Pakistan Malala was largely taught by her father, who was an educational activist, poet and school owner. Taliban militants began spreading accross Pakistan, and Malala was volunteered to write an undercover diary for BBC Urdu about her journey, even from a young age Malala spoke openly about educational rights as she herself was banned from school multiple times for simply being female. At age 12, she was approached by a reporter and agreed to film a documentary, which saw her  being evacuated from home and her daily struggles as a young female in Swat. This led to becoming widely recognised, appearing on television frequently to spread awareness, though this consequently meant she began to receive death threats. On 9th October 2012, a Taliban gunman hijacked a bus looking for Malala, upon being identified, aged just 15, she was shot in the head. After receiving treatment in the UK, she has lived in the country since, and has spoken at the United Nations, Buckingham Palace, the White house and various universities. Malala currently attends Oxford University, studying Philosophy, Ethics and Economics. ‘The Malala Fund’ has since been set up raising money to rebuild schools, as well opening a school of her own for Syrian Refugees. At age 21, her positive global and community impact is only flourishing.

 

 Russell Howard is one of Britain’s comedic treasures, beginning his career after making it to the finals of ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ in 1999, alongside getting his BACs degree in Economics at Bristol University. In 2004, Russell was commissioned by BBC Radio 1 to write and perform on sketch show ‘The Milk Run’. He continued to rise to fame, featuring on shows such as Mock the Week, Live at the Appollo and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In 2009, Russell appeared at LIVEstock comedy and music event at Hammersmith Appollo to raise awareness of the green campaign group’s Food Chain Campaign for ethical farming. He ran the London Marathon for the Epilepsy Society, raising over £7000, as well as participating in the BT Sport Relief Million Pound Bike Ride in 2010, raising £1million. He has participated in Sports and Comic Relief for multiple years visiting those in need, donating funds and spreading awareness. Russell recently hosted a charity gig in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, as well as playing a one-off charity gig to help raise funds for an 11-year old schoolboy who suffered cerebral palsy, the donations contributed towards a £70,000 life-changing operation. Russell Howard uses his programmes as a platform to share news stories with his young audience demographic, covering topics such as politics and mental health, making his platform informative as well as entertaining. The end of ‘Russell Howard Hour’ is dedicated to sharing good deeds people have done, allowing a platform to raise awareness on a large scale.

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This post was written by Chloe Burrows

1 Comment

  • Alisha Hingun says:

    Dear Chole,

    Congrats for having led the JCI TOYP program in UK this year. I am Alisha from JCI Mauritius. I led the program in my country this year as well. It was indeed a breathtaking experience!

    Cheers,
    Alisha

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