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Awards and 2016 winners

The Celebrating Young People Awards are rooted in Catholic social teaching evidenced by social action. They seek to recognise and affirm young people who are positively and practically living out social action.

There are eight awards in total. The first six awards are based on principles of Catholic Social Teaching and focus on different areas of social action. Each award will have shortlist of ten young people (or groups) and up to four award recipients.

The Pope Francis Award is open to all young people nominated and the Award Recipient will be chosen by Cardinal Nichols.

The CYMFed Award is unique in that it recognises a Youth Minister or volunteer youth worker. A person of any age and working in any setting can be nominated.  


The St Josephine Bakhita Award - Celebrating human dignity

Recognises young people who have enabled others to live a life of dignity.

2016 Winners

  • Angeline Umba, Holy Cross College, Bury
  • Nicola Mattocks, New Addington Church, London
  • Helen Olorunsuyi, St Angela's Ursuline School, London

The Jimmy Mizen Award - Promoting solidarity and peace

Recognises young people who have shown a firm and persevering commitment to the common good or peacemaking.

2016 Winners

  • Emma Atherton, Pax Christi, Liverpool
  • RHUL Inter-faith group, Chaplaincy, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Newman Catholic College London Citizens, Newman Catholic College, London

The Cardinal Hume Award - Living out the option for the poor

Recognises young people who have helped others turn lives around.

2016 Winners

  • Tom Morris and Emily Tierney, Kenelm Youth Trust,
  • Birmingham Year 12 General Religious Studies Group, St Anselm's College, Liverpool
  • Sixth Form Homelessness Campaign Group, St Wilfrid's Catholic School, Crawley

The Joseph Cardijn Award - Protecting the dignity of workers

Recognises young people who have stood up for the rights of workers, helped people into work, or shown leadership among their colleagues.

2016 Winners

  • Martins Banjo, St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College, London
  • Corey Scott, Blackburn College and HCPT
  • Alice Stella, Kid Lost, London

The Dorothy Day Award - Fostering community and participation

Recognises young people who have engaged with those around them, making their community a better place for all.

2016 Winners

  • Flavia Sofia Bernardo Matos, St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College
  • Reena Joseph, St Wilfrid's Catholic School, Crawley
  • Anna Joy Marshall, St Hugh's Parish and NJPN, Chesterfield

The Barbara Ward Award - Caring for the environment

Recognises young people who have conserved, enhanced or protected creation.

2016 Winners

  • Sam Abraham, All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield
  • St James Climate Bloggers, St James Catholic High School, London
  • Owen Bond, Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton

The Pope Francis Award – Overall youth award

The Pope Francis Award will be selected from all the nominations and presented by Cardinal Nichols.

2016 Winner

  • Tom CalouriCroydon

The CYMFed Award - Inspiring youth leader

Recognises a truly inspiring adult youth worker or youth minister. Can be a volunteer worker/minister working in any setting.

2016 Winner

  • Matthew Martin, Holy Cross College, Bury
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