saturday november 21st 2009 BLACK YOUTH ACHIEVEMENTS – The Awards Ceremony Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX
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Welcome to the 1st annual ‘Black Youth Achievements – The Awards Ceremony’! I am so pleased that you are here to celebrate the talents,positive actions and achievements of our young people withinthe UK. Not only are we here to congratulate our finalists, and to beinspired by their stories and accomplishments, but to alsoreflect on ourselves and what WE have achieved personally.How can we be pushing ourselves more – and indeed oneanother - to reach our full potential? We are all blessed with a talent, let’s support each other inunlocking and utilising it! The awards ceremony is the first project for the organisation‘Black Youth Achievements’. We have an exciting ten year plan in which we will be workingwith young people in a variety of ways to help them gaingreater knowledge and take advantage of opportunities whichwill broaden their horizons within the education, business andsocial arenas, ensuring that our future leaders are equippedwith the vital tools and resources needed to make an impact ipand survive in today’s world. ursh ne re al ep 009 ob So, I do hope that you all enjoy the evening that we have put ntr k UK 2 Gl E eetogether for you, and thank you for supporting us and our Wfinalists at the UK’s first annual ‘Black Youth Achievements –The Awards Ceremony’! Black Youth Achievements are pleased to be part of KayKeep on achieving, Oldroyd Founder / Operations Director 2009 Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Awards and Opening Performance Brixton Drumline Introduction Host: Mr CeePresentations First Performance First Award Arts Category presented by Sophia Jackson (Afridiziak Theatre News) Second Performance Second Award Business & Enterprise Category presented by Rhoda Wilson (BEN TV’s ‘The Rhoda Wilson Show’) Third Performance Third Award Community Category presented by David Lammy MP Interval .................................................................................... Fourth Performance The Award Categories Fourth Award Choices Category presented by Rosemary Laryea, The Arts (Colourful Radio)Business & Enterprise Fifth Performance Community Fifth Award Education Category presented by Abu Bundu-Kamara, Choices (Pearson Plc.) (recognising someone who has made a conscious decision to Sixth Performance make positive changes to their life) Sixth Award Sports Category presented by Rodney Hinds, Education (Sports Editor, The Voice, and author of ‘Black Lions’) Sports Close ....................................................................................
AchievementWhat advice would you give to someone who is thinking of giving up on their inspire other people, it would make me feel like I was getting closer to thedream or goal? person I want to be and maybe one day I will be presenting the BYA awardsKeep your eyes on the prize! Always think of what the end product is going to be myself! Ebony Babb – nominee, Choices Awardlike. Do not compare yourself to other people. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t It would mean a lot to me as I feel that I have worked very hard to achieve and tofind out how other people achieved success, just don’t expect your route to reach my goal and my family will be proud of me. It would inspire me to go on tobe the same as theirs. Finally, there are many ways to approach something. If achieve more goals in life. Rhianna Ottley – nominee, Sports Award you aren’t getting results one way try another way but don’t give up! Believe inyourself even when no one else does. Alex Tomlinson – nominee, Arts Award If I were to win an award at this grand ceremony, it would really mean a lot to me as it would simply say to me, that the sacrifices I made were not in vain, theFirstly I would share my personal motto with anyone thinking about giving up lack of sleep, the hard work and the weight loss. It would be the catalyst to keepand remind them “success only comes before work in a dictionary”. I always try me going when times got hard, just look at my award and smile. It would alsoto encourage people not to worry about the things that have already happened be an award that I would keep to show to my nephew when he is older, so thator we can’t change when things break we automatically try to fix them, which is he can be proud of his aunty, but also to encourage him to aspire for greatness.also what we need do in life when things go wrong it’s easy to give up but then Sotonye Diri – nominee, Business & Enterprise Awardwhat do you achieve other than failure. Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow- it empties today of strength staying positive will lead to positive actions and a I graduated from the University Of Nottingham Medical School in July 2009,positive reward. Davia Davis – nominee, Business & Enterprise Award and am now working as a Junior Doctor in Lincolnshire. My Grandfather dreamed of becoming a Doctor. I hope I have made him proud. If winning this award willWe would tell them to stop, look and think before they give up, because giving change one person’s mind out there, and make them consider going to University,up on their dreams is giving up on themselves. We would seriously ask them or even applying for Medicine, then I will be honoured. Davina Kenyon-Blairwhy they want to give up? More than likely the answer is that it’s too hard, or – nominee, Education Awardthey’re not good enough or they don’t know how to get to their dream. Theseare constant struggles people face and it is completely normal to question What does the word ‘achievement’ mean to you?yourself. However, if the dream is worth it, then so are the struggles. Every Achievement to us is something that we have been striving towards for theproblem has a solution, it’s just a matter of finding it. The ABC Group – past 10 years. It’s a goal, a vision, a belief and most importantly a lifestyle.nominees, Community Award Achievement is what we experience on a daily basis when we have fulfilled our goals and targets. The realisation of a journey and the overcoming of its manyWhat would it mean to you, to win an award at this year’s ceremony? obstacles allow an individual to understand that the pathway to achievementIt would mean everything to me to attend at this year’s ceremony. It would is extremely challenging. However if dedication, hard work, hope, faith,mean that people recognise I’ve made a change. It would also give me more humility, brilliance and passion are the fundamental qualities in which a personconfidence to help others who are not making positive decisions in their life. can attain, then achievement becomes a reality that can be passed down to manyIt would make me feel like I was getting closer to becoming someone who can generations. Umbrella Studios – nominees, Arts Award
– in their own wordsTo me, achievement means a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of success. because I had real family and friends who loved me and I didn’t want to leaveIt is being able to battle against all the odds and come out victorious. Through that, I started focusing on my everyday positive work to keep me going and leftthis encounter I can use it as a learning curve experience, which will aid me the negative behind. Dennis Gyamfi – nominee, Community Awardthrough other trials and tribulations life may throw at me in the future. FinallyI see achievement as the ability to prove your critics wrong, by surpassing their During the last year, my Mother has been very ill and with this I have beenexpectations. Rico Coombs – nominee Education Award looking after my little brother. This included taking him into school and completely taking over parental roles, as well as going to college myself. ForWhat struggles or challenges have you faced on your path to achievement? some people this is a normal routine and so I felt it was a big step up. Kyl AsgillStruggle for me equals progress, and every day presents new challenges. From – nominee, Community Awardthe time I had no money to get to work and no means of getting back. To the I am a mother of two young children aged 3 and 4; I feel I have many demands asdays I was told to forget about my dreams and just get a regular job. The path to a parent as well as dealing with a 9-5 job. I always wanted to be a police officerachievement has been very challenging but has given me experience and skills but that all changed once I had children. I was unsure of what I wanted to dothat can only be earned, not bought. Byron Douglas-Letts – nominee, with my life, all I knew was I was going to make something of myself and makeBusiness & Enterprise Award my children and myself proud. Natasha Mills – nominee, Community AwardAs a very keen sportsperson (athlete) as well as an enthusiastic academic, one How have you overcome your struggles or challenges?of the challenges that I have faced on my journey to achievement would haveto be attempting to balance two activities whilst still maintaining a high level Perseverance. I just kept my head down and got on with my work. Through myof commitment towards both. As both training/competing and A-level studies music I was able to grab people’s attention. It was then easier for me to put(English literature, sociology and business studies) each require almost 110% across my message. Bol Joseph – nominee, Choices Awardeffort, this has certainly been a great challenge for me due to my determina-tion to be successful at both for as long as possible. Nathan Fox – nominee, Your support system can make or break you. Who do you have as your foundation?Sports Award I’ve been blessed to have an invaluable, positive circle of friends, who understand and relate to how I feel, and offer the best of themselves through a number of outlets. Positive self-confession is also a great help. Telling yourself,The struggle and challenges I faced on my way to achievement were my peers that ‘I can make it,’ and ‘I will complete this task,’ works is much moreand my own personal fear, nothing else. I grew up on an estate were everyone effective than procrastination or tearing your hair out from stress. Zoe Oputahhad nothing, my mother was working two jobs to maintain and even that was – nominee, Community Awardhardly doing anything. So my peers and I would influences ourselves to go anddo things just to survive (that’s how we saw it), I was so into that life that I wasafraid of becoming successful because I knew if I did I would end up losing We should never under-estimated the passion, determination, intelligence orall my peers and the fun we were having at the time. From 2007 some friends commitment of young people. Our 2009 nominees are testament to that!!passed away and most ended up in jail. To me it was time to turn my life around Kay Oldroyd – Operations Director / Founder BYA
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I soon realised that the web gave me a way of publishing and this was a way for me to launch the magazine that I had always dreamed of doing. So I followed my dream. When I Precious is an online magazine, network and was thinking about a name, I wanted something that summed resource for women of colour. We launched up how I felt about the women I knew and what I wanted the in 1999 and were the first publication of its magazine to be the women who read it. Precious seemed so apt. kind to launch in the UK. Our aim is to be Our aim is to profile and celebrate the professional and the premier destination for women of colour entrepreneurial achievements of women of colour in the UK. on the web. We host a number of events throughout the year and we hostI’d dreamt of launching a magazine for women of colour since I an annual awards event that celebrates businesswomen.was a kid. When I was younger there were no British magazines Our readership is global; our core audience is Black andthat featured girls that looked like me, I’d spend my pocket Asian women aged between 18 and 45. We also work withmoney on American imports and they were great, but I really a range of corporate partners on various projects be itwanted to read about the Black British experience. recruitment, events or helping them to showcase their When I grew older and started working in the media as a products to our diverse audience.journalist I quickly realised how expensive setting up a print Positive people doing their own thing inspire us. There is somagazine was. I just didn’t have those kinds of funds so I much talent out there, we want to play our part in exposingdecided to put the magazine idea at the back of my mind it and we hope that people see Precious as a vehicle to globalfor a while. success. In 1996 I began working in the Online department of ITN.Because of the nature of my job, I spent a lot of time research- If you want to talk to Precious please contact me,ing online. I came across so many online publications aimed at the Founder, Foluke Akinlose:African-American women but there was nothing for those basedin the UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org