Youth Matters Awards – vote now

Youth Matters Awards

We are very excited to announce that two of our young people and two projects have been shortlisted for a national award. YMCA England’s Youth Matters Awards highlights and celebrates the achievements of YMCA young people, staff and volunteers since 2009.

The winners will be determined by a public vote and this is where we need your help. Please read on the find out how you can vote and help our nominees get through to the final. Voting is now open and will close on Monday 15th AugustPlease note that you can only vote once within each category.

  • Our YMCA Right Here volunteer Emily Pinto has been nominated for The Young Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognises a dedicated young volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to YMCA and contributed energy, skills and time.
  • Our Horsham Y Centre resident Emily Kemp has been nominated for The Young Leader of the Year Award. This 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.
  • Our YMCA Positive Placements project is nominated for The Training & Education Project of the Year Award.
  • Our YMCA Empty Homes scheme is nominated for The Accommodation Project of the Year Award.

Votes cast by the public will be combined with judges’ choices and the top three nominees in each category will be announced in September. These nominees will attend the Youth Matters Awards finals night hosted this autumn by TV presenter, June Sarpong MBE, at the exclusive venue 8 Northumberland Avenue in central London where the winners will be announced.

This year’s young nominees and the two DLG projects are all well deserving of this recognition. Please support them and vote now!


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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