Awards Criteria

Volunteer Award

This award recognises the volunteering efforts of young people as an individual or as part of a group.

If possible, we would like you to write between 200 and 500 words.

In order to help you, we suggest you write your nomination by describing how your nominee meets the criteria below. You do not have to write about each criterion if you feel unable to do so.

If you have any evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs in support of your nomination, then please include them.

1. Dedication – How do they apply themselves to the cause, task or charity they are supporting? What time do they use and what tasks are they responsible for? Have they gone ‘the extra mile’ in their volunteering duties?

2. Passion – How do they demonstrate their passion for the service or organisation they support? Give us evidence of their desire to support this organisation

3. Commitment – What effort do they put into their volunteering duties? Are they part of a larger team and how do they work with others? If they work on their own how is their motivation?

4. Responsible and reliable – Describe and demonstrate how responsible and reliable the young person has been in their volunteering duties

Volunteer Fundraising Award

This award is to recognise an exceptional volunteer fundraiser or a team of fundraisers.

If possible, we would like you to write between 200 and 500 words.

In order to help you, we suggest you write your nomination by describing how your nominee meets the criteria below. You do not have to write about each criterion if you feel unable to do so.

If you have any evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs in support of your nomination, then please include them.

1. Dedication – Describe the ways in which your nominee fundraises and appeals for money to help their cause or charity? What tasks are they responsible for? Have they gone ‘the extra mile’ to get money in?

2. Passion – How do they demonstrate their passion for this cause? How to they show to others us their desire to help this cause?

3. Commitment – What effort do they put into their fundraising? Are they an individual fundraiser or part of a larger team? Is their fundraising activity part of their wider citizenship/volunteering?

4. Creativity – describe what methods they have employed to fundraise – describe how this is personal to them or the cause they are fundraising for. How is their method different from everyone else? What unique ways of fundraising have they used?

Entrepreneur Award

This award is to recognise the young entrepreneur or team of entrepreneurs.

If it is a team nomination please list every persons’ name and age in the team. This award is not judged on how much profit has been made.

If possible, we would like you to write between 200 and 500 words.

In order to help you, we suggest you write your nomination by describing how your nominee meets the criteria below. You do not have to write about each criterion if you feel unable to do so.

If you have any evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs in support of your nomination, then please include them.

1. Dedication – How do they apply themselves to their business or idea? What time do they put in? What tasks are they responsible for? Have they gone ‘the extra mile’ to gain success?

2. Passion – How do they demonstrate their passion for their business/idea? Please describe to us their desire to succeed.

3. Innovation – What is it about their business or idea that stands out from others? Do they have a long-term plan? Does your nominee’s business support others in their community? Does it want to help solve a problem that effects people in other parts of the world?

4. Creativity – describe the methods your nominee/s have engaged to get their business/idea off the ground. How are their methods different from everyone else? What unique ways of raising awareness and marketing have they used?

Outstanding Achievement Award

The Outstanding Achievement category is all about celebrating a group of young people or an individual young person. It can be an achievement in any discipline or field but it must be significant and exceed the norm.

If possible, we would like you to write between 200 and 500 words.

In order to help you, we suggest you write your nomination by describing how your nominee meets the criteria below. You do not have to write about each criterion if you feel unable to do so. If you have any evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs in support of your nomination, then please include them.

1. Achievement – Please make it clear in your nomination what was achieved and what actions your nominee took to achieve their success.

2. Desire – How did they show a real desire for the achievement they accomplished? Describe how they went ‘above and beyond’ what would normally be expected.

3. Impact – What positive impact did their actions have on other people or communities. What were the results of the actions they took?

4. Resourcefulness – Describe the skills and attributes they have and how they used them to realise their achievement.

5. Resilience – Did your nominee overcome any barriers or issues to realise their achievement? If yes, please explain how they overcame them.

Arts Award

The Arts Award recognises either an individual or a group of young people who has/have demonstrated potential or achievements in any aspect of the Arts which can include creative e.g. drawing or writing, expressive such as dancing or theatre, or applied arts including product design or textiles.

Your nomination should be at least 200 words and no more than 500 words and set out clearly what the nominee(s) have achieved to demonstrate their creativity.

This award is judged on the criteria listed below and we suggest you write your nomination describing how your nominee meets these criteria, provide evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates, photographs (photocopies are fine) in support of your nomination

1. Talent – describe the skills and attributes they have and how they used them to realise their achievement.

2. Passion – how do they demonstrate their passion for their chosen art? What time do they put in? How do they balance this with other activities? How do they showcase their talents to a wider audience?

3. Dedication – how long have they demonstrated their dedication to their art? Have they been following this for years, either through lessons or self taught? What steps have they taken to improve and develop their talents?

4. Creativity – what have they done personally, or as a group, to demonstrate their creativity? Tell us how they created, developed or designed original ideas or materials, or how they have used their own creativity to bring a play, or a part, or a piece of music to life. Be clear about what exactly they achieved and what actions they undertook to make it successful?

5. Collaboration – describe anything they may have they done anything to share their skills and talent with others or to encourage others to develop their own skills

Citizen Award

This award is to recognise a young person that has benefited their local community.

If possible, we would like you to write between 200 and 500 words.

In order to help you, we suggest you write your nomination by describing how your nominee meets the criteria below. You do not have to write about each criterion if you feel unable to do so. If you have any evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs in support of your nomination, then please include them.

1. Tolerant – Describe how the young person is accepting of other people’s opinions, behaviour, background and personal freedom of choice.

2. Helpful and willing to help – Show how the young person has helped others when they are in trouble, making their lives that little bit easier.

3. Responsible and reliable – Demonstrate how responsible the young person has been- such as looking after the environment, recycling, voting etc.

4. Positive mind and attitude – Describe how the young person has made a positive contribution to their community. For example, celebrating difference and encouraging an inclusive society or supporting local initiatives which bring communities together.

Learning Achievement Award

This award is to recognise the exceptional learning achievements of a young person.

If possible, we would like you to write between 200 and 500 words.

In order to help you, we suggest you write your nomination by describing how your nominee meets the criteria below. You do not have to write about each criterion if you feel unable to do so. If you have any evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs in support of your nomination, then please include them.

1. Dedication – How has your nominee demonstrated that they are dedicated to achieving their learning goals? Do they engage in extra study or training?

2. Passion – How do they show that they have a passion for learning? Have they specialised in a particular subject area, training or sport? Are they an ‘all-rounder’ who just loves to learn?

3. Commitment – How do they show that they are committed to learning? Please provide some examples. ? How do they go the extra mile to achieve their learning goals?

4. Creativity – Does your nominee use their creativity to achieve their learning goals and excel at learning? Has your nominee used their creativity to overcome barriers and challenges to their learning?

Personal Journey – Academic Success Award

This award is given to an individual who has overcome barriers and/or difficulties to achieve academic success. This is not necessarily about achieving a high level of qualification but could recognise someone who has worked very hard to achieve their academic success.

If possible, we would like you to write between 200 and 500 words.

In order to help you, we suggest you write your nomination by describing how your nominee meets the criteria below. You do not have to write about each criterion if you feel unable to do so. If you have any evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs in support of your nomination, then please include them.

1. Commitment – describe how your nominee has demonstrated their commitment to achieve academic success? Have they needed to work extra hard or retake parts of their qualifications? Have they come back to education after a break? Have they gone above and beyond what would normally be expected?

2. Resilience – Has your nominee had to overcome any barriers or issues to achieve their academic success? If yes, please explain how they overcame these barriers.

3. Motivation – describe how your nominee has motivated themselves to achieve, particularly if this has been against challenging circumstances. What makes them stand out from the crowd?

Personal Journey – Exceptional Circumstances Award

This award is given to an individual who has successfully worked to achieve their own personal journey despite challenging and/or difficult circumstances. Barriers they have overcome could include health issues, including mental ill health, family or financial circumstances or difficulties at school, college or work. For most, their personal journey will still be underway, but they will have reached some significant milestones.

If possible, we would like you to write between 200 and 500 words.

In order to help you, we suggest you write your nomination by describing how your nominee meets the criteria below. You do not have to write about each criterion if you feel unable to do so. If you have any evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs in support of your nomination, then please include them.

1. Commitment – Describe how your nominee has demonstrated a commitment to their achievement. Why did they need to go that extra mile, what did they do? Please show us how they went above and beyond what would normally be expected.

2. Resilience – Please describe the barriers your nominee has had to overcome and please explain how they have been able to achieve this?

3. Motivation – Describe how your nominee has motivated themselves, particularly if this has been against challenging circumstances. What makes them stand out from the crowd?

4. Support – Has your nominee provided support to others during their journey? How has this helped them to develop, and achieve?

Diamond Writing Award

NEW AWARD for 2019

Self-nomination for this award is actively encouraged.

This topic for this award is The Empowerment of Women and Girls.

In an innovative partnership, Colchester & District Soroptimists are joining with the CYA to sponsor a new award to inspire young people between the age of 11 and 25 to think about the empowerment of women and girls in the form of a creative writing piece.

Your submission can be any form or style of writing, for example as an essay; a poem; as a fictional piece, and it needs to be no more than 500 words (strict) but there is no lower limit.

It is important to state the age of the person writing at the end of your submission.

Soroptimist International Colchester is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019/20 and their important anniversary has been the motivation for them to sponsor this award. Soroptimists aim to educate, empower and enable women and girls throughout the world and we all feel this is such a creative way for all young people to get involved in such worthwhile aims.

Chair’s Award

The winner of this award will be chosen by our Chair and the Judges, selected from all nominations received in each category.