OUR young people have proven they do some incredible things within our community.
And now, we are going to honour them with the launch of The News Youth Awards 2014.
Whether they have shone on the stage, inspired others or selflessly helped someone else, they could scoop one of the awards up for grabs.
The awards are being introduced in a bid to celebrate young people’s achievements and success across the area.
We’re looking to reward youngsters aged 17 and under who have gone the extra mile and achieved extraordinary things or shown support to those in need.
There are 11 categories covering a range of topics from entrepreneur of the year and learner of the year to more personal awards such as star of the family and best friend of the year.
Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘We felt it was important that we introduced an awards ceremony to celebrate our young people.
‘This is the first time we’ve done anything like this and we are looking forward to it.
‘Our young people deserve to be recognised because they play such a huge part in our local communities and many of them do make a real difference to the lives of others.
‘We can’t wait to read about all the positive tales and the impacts youngsters are making in the area.’
Schools, youth groups and clubs are being encouraged to get involved and send in nominations for people who are deserving of an award.
All you need to do is fill in the entry form and send it back to us before the closing date on Sunday, May 25.
The awards will take place at the Kings Theatre on Monday, July 21.
For the full list of categories and the nomination form, see page 14 of The News today