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London Youth Awards 2019

18 November 2019

Thank you to everyone who was a part of the London Youth Awards 2019, which took place at City Hall on 14th November 2019.

The evening brought together 250 youth workers, young people, policy-makers and supporters of the youth sector to celebrate the best of youth work in the capital.

young people - dance group at London Youth Awards

We’d like to thank Sian Berry AM for giving us the opportunity to host the ceremony in such an iconic location in the capital.

The ceremony was hosted by our youth advisory board, Dare London, and we would like to say a special thank you to every one of them for their time and dedication over the last three months. You can read Elena’s speech on the impact that youth work has had on her life, here.

We were very pleased to announce the first winner of The Prince Philip Award, The Jack Petchey Foundation, in recognition of their commitment to encouraging young people to be active, since it was founded 20 years ago. The award was presented by our President, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, and marks over 70 years of patronage by the Duke of Edinburgh.

We also had two fantastic performances by Hounslow Action for Youth and Haringey Shed. Thank you to all of the young people who performed as part of the ceremony.

Finally, we’d like to say a big congratulations to all of our 2019 winners and to this year’s shortlisted nominees!

The London Youth Awards 2019 winners

Arts and Culture Award: Mytime Active

Mytime Active’s ‘ArtsTrain’ programme provides unique and pioneering creative music opportunities for young people in under resourced areas of south east London. Their programme has supported over 2000 young people facing challenging circumstances, including those in the criminal justice system, young refugees, carers and young people with complex and profound disabilities.

Employability Award: New Horizon Youth Centre

New Horizon Youth Centre is a youth homelessness charity, supporting young people aged 16-24 who are homeless or vulnerable. They run a day centre service, open seven days a week, in addition to an outreach project supporting young people in the local community and in prisons.

Outdoor Education Award: Free to Be Kids

Free to be Kids uses outdoor adventures to help particularly disadvantaged children, most used to feeling marginalised or excluded. The outdoor experiences they offer allow young people to feel included, adventurous, proud and successful. In turn, helping them change their stories about who they are and who they can be.

Sports Development Award: Goals 4 Girls

Goals 4 Girls is a football development programme that creates an inclusive environment in which young women from areas of deprivation have the opportunity to breakdown social barriers and achieve their goals. They provide young women and girls aged 11-16 with a specialised 39-week football development programme and education programme.

Youth Social Action Award: Croydon Drop In

Croydon Drop In offers counselling, outreach, advice and advocacy service supporting infants, children, young people and family members. They run and support a Young People’s Participation Group that is facilitated by a youth worker and therapist to meet weekly. Each year, they support over 7,000 people in the local community.

Volunteer of the Year: Stephen Tomkins, Royal Society for Blind Children

“Stephen is one of our core volunteers. We know we would struggle without him and are inspired by his constant generosity in sharing his time. His contribution is worth that of four volunteers on average in terms of the time he gives, but also his willingness to travel over an hour out of his way just to make sure a child or young person does not miss an activity.”

Youth Professional of the Year: Jo Hrabi, Cambridge House

“Jo joined the Cambridge House Youth Programme as a volunteer in 2013. She was so inspired working with young people that she trained as a life coach, and after 2 years of volunteering she left her full-time, well-paid market research job in the city, for a part-time role as a youth worker.”

Young Leader of the Year:  Jordan Isaacs, Hackney Quest

“Jordan has played a key leadership role in our Hackney Quest Youth Voice project from the very start, ensuring that our approach and strategy matched what is needed locally. She led workshops for groups of young people ranging in age from 10 to 18, delivered presentations to a range of stakeholders including the Mayor of Hackney and senior council decision-makers, and played a leading role in our Youth Voice Panel group.”


Catch up on what went on at this year’s ceremony on social media via #LYAwards.

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Photos by Francis Augusto Photography.