Press release BYA Awards 2011
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press release BYA Awards 2011
Black youth celebrate their success for the 3rd year running“It’s been a wonderful celebration. It’s really important to see the positive side of youth and allthe good things that they do. The 3rd annual BYA Awards has once again shown how much talentwe have within our communities” said Kay Oldroyd founder and director of BYA as she summedup the evening.On Saturday 19th November 2011, young people from around the UK were honoured at theceremony held at Jury’s Inn Hotel in Croydon. They were acknowledged for their outstandingcontributions to society in various industries, challenging the stereotype that black youth aredisengaged and under-achievers.The BYA Awards were created to provide a platform of recognition for young people between theages of 8 – 25 and of black African / black Caribbean heritage nationally.Over 150 people attended the event including the last year’s winners and special guest MauriceReeves who was accompanied by a BBC film crew who were making a documentary of his life sincehis shop ‘Reeves Corner’ was burnt to the ground during the August riots. Mr Reeves presented thesports award saying that he was “delighted to be amongst such wonderful people” and shared hisstory of his love for Cricket. He also recognised that attending the awards further supported the factthat the uprisings of August were not the true face of Croydon’s youth and that the awards were anencouraging feature of hope for young people.Now in its 3rd year, the evening was hosted by Mikel Ameen the younger brother of ‘Harry’s Law’actor Aml Ameen. Mikel kept the audience laughing with his unique style of entertainment andcomedy. Other welcomed presenters included MTV’s Baselounge host Darae Palmer; rapper turnedauthor Swiss of ‘So Solid’ who commented afterwards that it was “a fantastic, inspiring and muchneeded event”; ‘Chinara Events’ director – Carol Stewart; ‘PJ’s Community Group’ directors ClaudineReid MBE and Pat Reid; UK Diversity Manager at ‘Pearson Plc’ – Abu Bundu-Kamara; Chief-in-Editorat ‘Inspirational Woman Magazine’ – Lisa Mundembe; Author – Gwenton Sloley and ‘LSTC’ directorTony Harrison. All agreed that it was a phenomenal celebration and were proud to be part of it.Following the presentations, there were lively performances from some local upcoming artists. Oneof them had recently got through to the London auditions of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Going by thename of ‘Baddaboom Tee’ she said “I was surprised but really pleased to hear that I’d got through tothe live audition in December. Performing at BYA Awards was a fantastic experience and has givenme the confidence to go in front of a big audience”.One young guest smiled as he said that he had attended BYA Awards every year and each one hadbeen as uplifting as the one before. He went on to further explain that he felt today’s society andmedia had branded young black people as “hoodies, yobs and asbos” but BYA had proven time aftertime that black youths can and do achieve and are not all the stereotypical “street rat”.
2011 BYA Award WinnersArts – Kyla FryeBusiness and Enterprise – Blessing MaregereChoices – Reiss Todd McCarthyCommunity – Kane Solomon ThomasEducation – Orlando TaylorFather of the Year – Davis J WilliamsMother of the Year – Princess RobertsPersonal Development Organisation of the Year – ‘Born With a GIFT’ – Careeta Robert-GreenSports – Makissa GilkesTechnology – Lashai Ben-Salmi<end>For further information, images and interviews contact:-E: firstname.lastname@example.orgT: 020 8677 8009W: www.blackyouthachievements.orgTwitter: @byacicFacebook: Black Youth Achievements CICNotes to editor: 1. BYA (Black Youth Achievements) is a community interest company founded in 2008 2. Their annual awards ceremony takes place every November. Young people between the ages of 8 -25, of black African / black Caribbean heritage (parent /s) and resident in the UK are nominated in various categories 3. Each winner has the opportunity to become BYA Ambassadors for the year, working alongside the organisation and helping to raise the profile of young achievers around the country and mentoring other young people within their respective winning categories