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Vote for Young Resident of Waltham Forest for Prestigious National Youth Award

9th August 2016

YMCA East London is asking local people to vote for one of its inspiring young people ahead of a prestigious national youth awards ceremony hosted this autumn by TV presenter, June Sarpong MBE.

The local youth charity, which has operated in Waltham Forest for over 40 years, has nominated YMCA young person, Chenean Harvey as Young Leader of the Year in Youth Matters Awards 2016.

Youth Matters is YMCA’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009. Youth Matters celebrates the outstanding skills and achievements of young people from across the country. The Young Leader of the Year Award recognises a young person for their ability to make a real difference in their YMCA by bringing about positive change, working with vision and inspiring others.

Chenean is up against four other young people from across the country within her award category. She has been entered for the award because, despite facing huge barriers and challenges from an early age, she has given of her time to help other young people. She became a Youth Volunteer, on YMCA East London’s helpline called ‘Hear4Youth’, which provided support to young people affected by bullying and harassment.

Moving forward, she is now in college studying Art and Design and is currently employed as a Youth Activity Worker taking the lead on YMCA’s Interior Design Project. Chenean is also seeking platforms to sell her work. She has come far in her transition from adolescence to young adult and inspires and encourages other young people to do the same.

Chenean said:

“Since getting involved with the YMCA my life has changed. I’ve become more confident in my abilities, creativity and who I am as a person”

“I’m excited about my nomination and hope you can show your support and vote for me!”

Deborah Hudson, YMCA East London’s Youth & Community Services Manager said:

“We are extremely proud of Chenean’s journey and how she has overcome personal and unavoidable battles, to develop and grow, whilst giving freely of her time to help others. She is a real inspiration to other young people experiencing similar challenges. We hope that people will vote for her.”

To hear more about Chenean’s story and to cast your vote, please go to http://bit.ly/2aT6bUz . You can vote until midnight on Monday 15 August. Votes cast by the public will be combined with judges’ choices and the top three nominees will be announced in September, with the winner being announced at the Youth Matters Awards Ceremony taking place later in the year in an exclusive central London venue.

For more information, please contact Rita Glynn, External Communications Manager, at rglynn@ymcaeastlondon.org.uk or call 020 8509 4631.