Awards to recognise young people who make a difference

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Young people who make a positive contribution within their local community look set to shine at a regional awards ceremony later this year.

The PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate and recognise the hard work and outstanding achievements made by north east youngsters.

The awards will take place at the BALTIC in Gateshead on Thursday, December 11, and are hosted annually by Truth about Youth – The Co-operative Foundation’s five-year project in the north east, being run in partnership with Youth Focus: North East, a charity that works across the region to improve the lives of young people.

The awards aim to challenge and change negative perceptions and stereotypes of young people, with the event entirely organised by a group of young volunteers involved in the Truth about Youth programme.

Any young person aged 11 to 25 in the north east can be put forward for an award, and this year there are eight categories, including several brand new awards which recognise young carers, local schools and an inspirational act of courage.

The categories are:- Intergenerational Award, Best Youth Project, Young Volunteer Award, Young Voice Award, Youth Bravery Award, Best in School Award, Carer of the Year, Digital Media Award.

Nominations close on Friday 7 November 2014.

For more details about the Awards and how to nominate, visit www.youthfocusne.org.uk/posbos14 or call (0191) 440 4410.

Established 25 years ago, Youth Focus: North East is an award-winning charity that delivers a number of regional programmes encompassing youth employment, health, education and the arts, and intergenerational work.