We participate in the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Scheme to celebrate the achievements of our young people. Every month for nine months of the year, one of our members is nominated for the Jack Petchey Award to recognise an outstanding achievement. As part of the Award, they receive a grant of £200 which they can spend on an item or activity benefiting a group of young people.
Here you will find a selection of our recent award winners from 2016 onwards.
Jack Petchey Winner May 2019 – James Montague
Sumayah, Peer Education Officer: James was the first member of the Southbank Peer education group and the most enthusiastic and committed, he also recruited his peers to join and was a great encouragement to them to continue committing, which is why it is so fitting he has won this award. James has demonstrated great leadership, communication and organisation skills during his time with us and really deserved to win. He is a great role model to other young people his age and will achieve great things in the future. James is certainly ‘Jack Petchey award’ material.
James’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award: “I received this award because of my work with FYA. It feels good to receive this award for my achievements in community work, as it shows the impact I have made. The money that is connected to the award will be spent on a group trip next week, which I am looking forward to”.
Jack Petchey Winner April 2019 – Meklit Olive
Marium, Youth Participation Officer: Meklit joined FYA over 2 years ago and has since worked hard with us in all our different projects. She has encouraged her peers to also get involved and become ambassadors of our organisation. Meklit has shown great commitment, passion and leadership within the groups she has worked in and has always given 100%. She is a great role model for her peers, who look up to her, and she is always positive in all situation. She thoroughly deserves being nominated and winning this award.
Meklit’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award: “I can’t believe I won this award, I feel so honoured and proud to have been chosen. I will do my best to live up to it and continue the work I am doing, which I really enjoy and feel it is important. My team has also worked very hard so I think we deserve a day out to celebrate and have fun”.
Jack Petchey Winner March 2019 – Farzana Ahmed
Since joining the girls group Farzana has shown her commitment and enthusiasm towards helping her peers to grow within the group. She is committed to bringing new girls to the group week in week out. Since joining the group Farzana has taken on the planning and executing a session and has shown a massive growth in her confidence leading this session. She has impacted her peers with the leadership she has shown within the group and I am very proud of how far she has come from when she started with the girls group.
Farzana’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award: “I feel extremely lucky and proud to have received the Jack Petchey award, seeing my peers that have received it before me has given me great pride and confidence that I have joined them as an award winner and that the improvements I have made with the girls club have been recognised. I want to take the girls out on a trip, where we can have some fun and exercise at the same time”.
Jack Petchey Winner February 2019 – Reg Whitall
Abbie, Peer Mentoring Manager: This award is being given because Reg has demonstrated great leadership and commitment on the peer mentoring programme. He led an outstanding workshop to his peers on mental health and resilience. Reg also shared his knowledge and came up with a creative activity to engaged his peers on mental health. He thoroughly deserves this award and is a great influence to other young people.
Reg’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award: “I think that my award is a great achievement and I’m happy that I have won. It is a very unique experience and I am proud of myself from the session I made and performed. I will spend the money on everyone in my group and I hope I have inspired my fellow peers”.
Jack Petchey Winner January 2019 – Matthew Vidales
Marium, Youth Participation Officer: Matthew has been a part of FYA for over 2 years and since joining he has shown great commitment, enthusiasm and leadership within the groups he has worked with. He is currently a, ambassador for our organisation and has led many pieces of work to his peers and has been a great role model for them to follow. The group agrees he thoroughly deserves the award and that he has been an integral part of the team. He is an inspiration to other young people who are seeking to develop in leadership and we foresee him doing great things.
Matthew’s response to winning a jack Petchey award : “Thank you. I feel very proud to have won this award, as I feel some many others in the group deserve it. But I will do my best to live up to it. I’m happy my work has been recognised and I can represent the ambassadors. I want to take the whole group out to have some fun and celebrate all that we’ve done. I’m looking forward to it”.
Jack Petchey Winner November 2018 – Mohammed Miah
Mohammed has been with us for nearly 2 years and within that time he has demonstrated enthusiasm and motivation since he has joined. He has not missed any of his regular Champions sessions or Ambassador sessions. Throughout the programme he has motivated his peers and supported them when needed. He has helped plan and delivery Ambassador sessions around reviewing projects we currently have and coming up with a plan of action.
Mohammed’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:“I was very surprised and honoured that I was chosen by my peers to receive the Jack Petchey award. I enjoyed working on the various events and projects with everyone, and cannot wait to continue. I’m especially looking forward to going out on a trip with everyone to celebrate”.
Jack Petchey Winner October 2018 – Mehreen Ahmed
Sumayah, Youth Participation Officer: Mehreen was a part of the media programme and had a small role in the film, but did not let that get her down. Any time someone was feeling nervous or anxious, Mehreen would speak to them and provide them with comforting words. Often addressed as the mother of the group by her peers, as she was kind, an encouragement and inspiration to others. Mehreen was committed to keeping positive group dynamics and creating and excellent film. She is definitely deserved of the award.
Mehreen’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award: “I tried my best to put lots of effort, dedication and commitment in the work. I did my best on the film, which I enjoyed, as it concentrates on issues that concern me. We worked hard as a team and all attended sessions, so we all did well. Therefore, I want us all to go out and have a good time”.
Jack Petchey Winner September 2018 – Fargena Kazi
Sumayah, Youth Participation Officer: Fargena worked hard within the peer education group to keep the film as authentic as possible. She supported her peers to add their parts to the story and would often lead the group during activities. She was an integral member of the group, which is why she was nominated and thoroughly deserves the award.
Fargena’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award: “Personally, motivation and dedication as something I wanted to work on and due to the exemplary performance I have achieved this award, to highlight my experience and achievements I have made on this project. I look forward to taking out the rest of the group and celebrating!”
Jack Petchey Winner July 2018 – Khala Rose
Sophie, Head Coach : Khala Rose has been attending the Girls Club for over 10 weeks now and she has grown in confidence over that time. This has been demonstrated by the fact that when she started she came with a friend but when her friend stopped coming but she continued to come on her own. Khala makes an effort to get on well with the other participants, joining in with discussions about a variety of topics, even though she is the youngest member. She makes an effort to try new exercises and has started to demonstrate exercises and dance moves to the class.
Khala-Rose’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award: “I was so happy I won! I love the girls club and I have made a lot of new friends which I bond with over our love for K-pop. I felt that we can use the money for more equipment for girls club.”
Jack Petchey Winner June 2018 – Suliman Bari
Abbie, Youth Leadership Manager: Suliman was a part of the peer mentoring programme and has been a fantastic volunteer from the start. He has shown nothing but commitment and enthusiasm for the programme and the role he has signed up for. He has encouraged the rest of the group to be good mentors and has worked really well with his mentee. The rest of the group agreed that he should win the award and are all very happy for him.
Suliman’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award: “I was really surprised to have won the award and it has made me very happy that people have recognised the work I have done. I feel very proud and I can’t wait to show my family. I want to take the whole group to dinner to celebrate, I will eat later because I am fasting.”
Jack Petchey Winner May 2018 – Fahim Rahman
Ellie, Youth Leadership Manager: Fahim was nominated by his fellow event team for the planting project this year. “I nominate Fahim because despite his being younger than everyone else, he has come up with some really valuable ideas, especially during the risk assessment”. “Fahim has been very committed to this project! He makes a great and helpful contribution, such as when we did the risk assessment he identified the risks of the project and how we can reduce them. He also helped design the poster very well too”. Fahim has impressed all of us at FYA with his enthusiasm and commitment and we look forward to continuing to work with him.
Fahim’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I am really proud. I really didn’t think I would get it I can’t wait to show my dad. I’m really excited to get to spend the money on a celebration for the team”.
Jack Petchey Winner April 2018 – Aimee Fox
Sumayah, Youth Participation Officer:
Aimee has been participating in FYA’s Peer Education programme. She has shown commitment throughout the project, adding her opinions as well as supporting her peers in sharing their views. She has been a constant source of encouragement for those around and her and is always open to taking on a role of responsibility. Aimee was chosen by her peers to receive this award.
Ellie, Youth Leadership Manager: “I won because I was chosen by my peers. I feel very honoured to have been given this opportunity. I hope to spend the money on a trip to a restaurant as a treat for our hard work”
Jack Petchey Winner March 2018 – Sydney Mputu Mola
Marium, Youth Participation Officer says:
Sydney has been with FYA for some time now and has completed some exceptional work. She has delivered peer education to a group of her peers. Sydney has been part of a previous Christmas community Christmas dinner steering group to plan and organise the day. She has been an inspiration to other young people as she had volunteered as a football coach, where she helped with the delivery and planning of sessions. She is a former FYA Young Ambassador who helped deliver the training for the new FYA Young Ambassadors. She has been an inspiration to the young people she has worked alongside as well as the work she has done alongside the Camden Health Champions and providing other young people with support. Sydney is great at working with other young people and also helping to deliver sessions. She fully deserves the award as recognition of the work she has been doing.
Sydney ’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:“I think I won the award due to being a hard worker and attending all events. It was a surprise to me because I’ve never won anything before. The money will be spent on a trip which is a reward for being part of the Camden Health Champions. As a result of all those who participated and gave up their time, get to relax and go on a trip.”
Jack Petchey Winner February 2018 – Yosan Tesfaldet
Yosan has been with FYA for a while and she has done some great work. She has worked with different teams of peers and has developed some great work, such as a peer education film around supporting people with mental health problems and she has helped manage a community event. She has been a great inspiration to other young people and is very encouraging to the rest of the group, which is why they voted her to win this award. Another reason why she won this award is that she mentors other peers and people turn to her when they need her, which she responds really well too. Also, She fully deserves this award and we are happy for her.
Yosan ’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:“I’m very happy to receive this award and I’m proud that I have recognised for the work I have done at FYA. It’s been great volunteering and getting involved in the different things and it’s even better my friends are involved too. I’m really looking forward to going out with my group to celebrate .”
Jack Petchey Winner January 2018 – Storme Collin-Marshall
Sumayah, Programme Officer says:
Storme attended a mental health awareness session along with her group. Throughout the programme, she showed great leadership strength, but sometimes struggled in communicating effectively with others and made an active effort to challenge this behaviour of hers and improve. Storme’s communication significantly improved throughout the duration of this programme. Because of the improvements Storme made the group voted her to win the Jack Petchey award, as they felt she deserved it.
Storme’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“Although initially, it may have been hard to finalise an idea for our project as well as trying to work around school, this programme has been a great experience that has allowed me to strengthen my communication skills and teamwork as well as something I can put on my CV.”
Jack Petchey Winner November 2017 – Maria Magdalena
Sumayah, Programme Officer says:
Maria and her group attended a mental health, and drugs & alcohol awareness session. Off the back of that, the group decided to create a film based around mental health and men. Throughout this group work, Maria demonstrated incredible commitment and passion. Maria was open to trying new things, such as acting in the film, and quite often led the group, helping guide her fellow group members.
Maria’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I really liked working with a new group of people, trying new things, for example the acting I did for the film. I have a better awareness of mental health, and feel like my confidence has improved. I also feel like I have got better at challenging other people and their views because of this project.”
Jack Petchey Winner October 2017 – Chenola-Paris Leah Blake
Alice, Programme Officer says:
Chenola joined FYA in the summer and has been involved in the planning the Fitzrovia Street Party and is now in the peer education project, planning a film around mental health. Chenola is an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the group, always giving ideas and taking part in sessions. She gets along with everyone in the group and wants to make a different to other young people’s lives through promoting awareness of mental health through the film the group are making.
Chenola’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I feel amazing that I won the Jack Petchey award. I cannot wait to go out with the group.”
Jack Petchey Winner September 2017 – Atifa Juhi
Alice, Programme Officer says:
Atifa joined our Community Events programme and was enthusiastic about the work immediately. She got involved in all aspects of planning and organising the event and encouraged the whole group, as well as brought her friends to join the group. When we asked the group to vote for the winner of Jack Petchey, they all unanimously voted for Afita, because she was a good leader of the group, worked hard and were a great team member. Atifa definitely deserves this award.
Atifa’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I feel extremely honoured and happy to have received this award. I really do feel more confident in team leadership. I was very surprised when they called my name out to say I had won, because I think the whole group did great! I’m looking forward to going on a trip with everyone to oxygen free jump, where we can have some fun!”
Jack Petchey Winner July 2017 – Ellie Fraser
Ellie came to us as a really shy young person and seemed like she didn’t want to get involved in any of the programmes. But when we asked her to participate in the peer education programme and make a film on bullying and mental health she became engaged and came out of her shell. She shared about her own experience and invited her friends to join the programme, came up with lots of ideas for the film and volunteered to be the lead in the film. She really deserves this award as she has come a long way and even got her friends involved in the programme and has developed her confidence and skills. she is definitely someone who have overcome boundaries to win this award.
Ellie’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I feel really proud to have won this award. I didn’t think I’ll get anything like this because my friends have worked so hard as well. But I am very happy I have been voted to win. I want to take out everyone to a fun day out and a meal, so we can celebrate our achievements”.
Jack Petchey Winner June 2017 – Mia Madrid
Mia joined FYA last year as part of the peer education project, making a music video about mental health. She is now a member of the community events team, planning and organising the Warren Pitch Community Picnic. Mia is a great team player at events, always helping to set-up and staying behind to clear up too. She also helps to conduct evaluations with members of the public, showing her public speaking skills. Mia is a performer too and regularly sings at community events with her sister. It has been great to have Mia as part of the team and she deserves the award.
Mia’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I am really happy to win this award but it is a group effort. Everyone has worked really hard in the picnic steering group and it is going to be a great event. I am looking forward to using the money to take the group out for a celebration trip!”
Jack Petchey Winner May 2017 – Aleksandra Tihomirova
Aleks joined FYA a number of years ago and from the beginning she has shown herself to be a leader and to encourage other young people in the work we do. She is currently working on planning and delivery our next event, Community Picnic and has been a great support in the team. She’s a team player and gets involved in anything we ask her to do, as well as help facilitate session with people her age or younger. She has performed and hosted at nearly all our events and always does a fantastic job. She has always wanted a Jack Petchey award and we are glad we can award it to her for being a great inspiration and role model for other young people. She definitely deserves it.
Aleksandra’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I am so surprised and I can’t believe I got this. This is so sweet. I have always wanted to receive this award and I am very happy to accept it. Thank you for recognising the work I have done here it means a lot to me. I have really enjoyed getting involved at FYA and performing is something I really want to do, so it’s great to have that opportunity. As I and the group have been working hard I would like to take us out on a treat and to have fun!”
Jack Petchey Winner April 2017 – Jay Atkinson
Jay joined our Peer Education programme through our partnership with Dragon Hall Youth Club. Jay has appeared in all the film we have done with Dragon Hall and encouraged other young people to do so. He is always willing to do the work and much more, as well as act as an example to other young people. He has demonstrated leadership qualities by presentation to other young people and leading groups of young people to complete the work. He is a good role model to other young people his age.
Jay’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I am very to have won this award, I am very happy to have been chosen. It feels as though my work has been recognised and that I have accomplished a lot. The group has worked very hard and I want us to go out to have fun!”
Jack Petchey Winner March 2017 – Emmanuella Ilunga
Emmanuella has been with FYA for 3 years and has shown herself to be very committed and passionate about the work we do which she is involved in. She has now won this award with us as she is leading a group to organise our next Showcase event and has been a great role model to her peers and has encouraged them immenselt to participate and give their ideas. She is a great peer mentor and when the rest of the group was asked who should win, they all agreed Emma should receive the award.
Emmanuella’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I feel very happy to have won this award and did not expect it, as I am happy just to do the work and get involved. I think the group is great and we have been working hard, so we all deserve to win the Jack Petchey Award. So because everyone has been working hard, we will use the money to go out and celebrate after the event we are planning.
Jack Petchey Winner February 2017 – Daniel Birch
Daniel joined our Peer Education programme and from the get go was really keen and enthusiastic in the work. He has been voted by the staff and young people to receive this award as has been a great role model to his peers and sets a great example to the rest of the groups. Daniel has always been on top, contributed and led the work that happens weekly and always participated and encourages other to do so too.
Daniel’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I was really surprised to have received this and I’m very proud. We have done a lot of work together as a team, so I am very happy to be voted for this. I enjoyed writing the rap lyrics for the song and performing and I feel this award is an added bonus. Because we worked as a team, I want to take everyone out to have fun!
Jack Petchey Winner November 2016 – Saba Ahmed
Saba was recommended to us by her older sister last December. Saba threw herself into volunteering with us straight away by helping at least year’s Community Christmas Party we host. Since then she has constantly been volunteering and planning different pieces of work including this year’s Christmas Party, where she recruited 10 of her friends to join and organise the event. She has been chosen to receive the award for her leadership among her friends, commitment and passion for the work we do and she has been a positive role model to her peers.
Saba’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I’m so happy and surprised I won this award. I was literally writing my CV and wished I could add a Jack Petchey award to it and now I can, I am so overwhelmed. I am flattered and grateful to those who chose me and I want to take my group out to celebrate the Christmas party we are planning because we all deserve it!”
Jack Petchey Winner October 2016 – Erfan Najimi
Erfan started with us over the summer and has got involved with all the projects we did and continues to work with us. Erfan has shown commitment, passion and enthusiasm in all that he does, such as the peer education programme where he acted as the main character in the film. He is a funny person and makes everyone laugh and gets on with his peers well. He has worked hard and encourages others to do so too.
Erfan’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“It was great fun and hard work being involved in the peer education and events with FYA, I feel my group did such a great job as well and I thank them for picking me to win this award, which I am very grateful and proud. I look forward to taking them out and having lots of fun.”
Jack Petchey Winner September 2016 – Jacqueline Camara
Since Jacqueline has constantly used her own initiative to complete work and additional duties. She joined the group to plan our annual street party event and she has gone above what has been asked of her. She is very friendly and gets on with everyone, which motivate them to work hard as well. She has been so positive in the group and is always keen to get involved and comes in to do more than require. The group all agreed she should win this award for her dedication, passion and commitment to the project.
Jacqueline’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“Thank you so much for this award, I feel happy and honoured to have been chosen to receive this. I feel proud of myself and I feel this award has motivated me to work harder. The work I was involved in was very fun and the group I worked with were amazing, so I really want to treat them and go out to have a fun time.”
Jack Petchey Winner June 2016 – Ian Tagalan
Ian has been with us for a short while, 4 months, but he has demonstrated a real interest and passion for the work we do, to the point where he has signed himself up for 2 weeks work experience here. He shows creative leadership as he encourages his friends to participate in the programme and activities we host. Ian is a great role model for other young people and what makes him more outstanding is that he realises this and works hard to not disappoint anyone.
Sean’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I feel more than just happy and proud to receive this award, I feel this award has given me a great opportunity and podium to be a role model to other young people my age, to show them all young people have a responsibility to their community to be leaders and make a positive contribution to society. I would like to use the money I receive to take out my peers to have fun and celebrate our achievements.”
Jack Petchey Winner May 2016 – Sean Burke
Dave, Youth Participation Manager, says:
Sean has been with us for over 3 years as a participant but for the past 6 months, he has been volunteering as a young ambassador football coach and has been excellent. He has shown commitment, passion and enthusiasm for the role. He inspires the young players he coaches and encourages them all to engage. He has been very responsible and professional as a coach and the team are proud of him and his achievement and development in such a small amount of time.
Sean’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“Thank you. I am taken back by this acknowledgement, this award is great and I am very surprised and happy to have received it. I like coaching younger people and the team I have around me is very supportive and I would to take them out to enjoy a meal together.”
Jack Petchey Winner April 2016 – Hanna Hosseini
Since joining us, Hanna has participated in many different projects and has shown a real commitment to the work to the point that others in the group are motivated and encouraged by her. She is also very polite and respectful to others and we believe a role model to her peers. She is currently helping us plan our next community event and is contributing many different ideas; she will also host the event on stage as well as perform.
Hanna’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I am very surprised to be given this Jack Petchey Award, I will feel very happy and proud to have won, especially because there were so many other great people in the group, so I don’t know what to say. But I definitely want to take the group out to celebrate the work we’ve been doing.”
Jack Petchey Winner March 2016 – Lauren Reid
Lauren is a member of our peer education group and they have been working on creating a music video and delivering peer education to other young people. She has worked really hard and is always on time and enthusiastic about the work. She is liked by the entire group as she always shows she is passionate for the work and positive, which inspires the rest of the group and motivates them. Therefore, she really does deserve the award, especially as the group voted for her to win it.
Lauren’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I am very happy and surprised to have won this award. I feel proud to have been chosen by the rest of the group for my participation in working on the peer education programme. Because I am so thankful for winning, I’m going to take out the group with the money.”
Jack Petchey Winner February 2016 – Nazim Uddin
Nazim has been involved with many projects at FYA, always showing great commitment and enthusiasm. Recently, he has been involved in the Christmas Community Dinner steering group, where he worked well alongside his other team members. Nazim offered to host the event and was a great compere, holding the show together and listening to audience feedback. Nazim should be proud of what achieved in the project.
Nazim’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I’m very happy to have won as I have always wanted it. I showed my mentor immediately. I have been with FYA for a while now and I understand their projects. Therefore, I would like to support their football programme and purchase a washer-dryer to wash their kit.”
Jack Petchey Winner January 2016 – Abbie Bishop-Fox
Abbie was a member of our youth steering group planning a Christmas Community Dinner. She showed great commitment to the project by going the extra step to research in her own time. She always came to sessions with new ideas and was invested in the event. On the day, Abbie showed great leadership by assisting a younger steward by making sure he was okay and knew what to do. Everyone was really impressed with her work in the project.
Abbie’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:
“I feel really happy and proud to have won the Jack Petchey Award! I’ve told everyone I know about it. I enjoyed being part of the Christmas event and working with everyone to put on a successful event. I look forward to celebrating the event at the dinner this award will pay for.”