Celebrating Young People’s Awards.
A local young person was invited to a glittering awards ceremony in London’s Leicester Square on 23rd November for the national Celebrating Young People’s Awards.
Anna Chapman, a sixth form student at St Anselm’s RC School was honoured for her work.
The awards ceremony was held in the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square and was hosted by national youth charity, Million Minutes in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
I was nominated for the Jimmy Mizen award in 2017 and I felt very privileged and honoured to not only be keeping Jimmy’s name alive but also to ensure there was commitment among young people to campaign for common good and peace-making. It is difficult in this generation to put across values of peace, hope and forgiveness when the media portrays so many shocking stories of revenge and hatred. However, if we seek the good for one another we see we are dependent on one another to gain true peace. This is something we should continue to strive for whether through promoting peace or having a passion to heal a community by working together, young and old, this could be possible. I was truly inspired to be surrounded by young people who are also striving for the same outcomes in the world in attempt to reduce violence and bullying while bringing about peace in their individual communities. As Lyndon B. Johnson once said “Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be take one step at a time” and together I feel like we are firmly on our way to a better world quoted Anna. Nominations and Awards were made in eight categories, including The Jimmy Mizen Award for promoting Solidarity and Peace, which Anna received.
Guest of honour, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon gave the Pope Francis Award on the night, the overall youth award.
“Young people all too often get a bad name”, said Danny Curtin, CEO of Million Minutes. “But often their selfless and sometimes unseen actions can inspire all of us. Million Minutes is all about giving a voice to the young people that get overlooked. We are delighted to have held these awards for the third year to recognise young people from across England & wales. We want to celebrate all that they are and all that they give to our world.”
The awards are intended to celebrate and inspire young people to get more involved in social action projects, as well as helping everyone to reflect on how Catholic Social teaching-such as promoting peace, building community and caring for creation-is being lived out in the everyday of our lives. The awards have been organised and promoted by Million Minutes, a charity that supports projects helping young people to transform their lives and put Catholic social teaching into practice.
Louise Perry who nominated Anna and is St Anselm’s School Chaplain said “I am so proud of Anna, she is an inspiration to others promoting peace in School. She is part of the School Chaplaincy Team and is very calm when talking with the younger students. She was so amazed she had been nominated for the award because promoting calm situations and peace is part of her normal life.
Mr Walters Headteacher of St Anselm’s School said: “We are delighted that Anna’s contribution has been recognised in this way. She is an integral part of our chaplaincy team and a model for other pupils in our school.”