Star of the Community - a young person/group who supports their local community and has gone out of their way to play an active role in the area they live. This could be in their street or neighbourhood, helping out with a community project or volunteering.
Arts/Media Star - a young person who has shown talent in drawing, painting or sculpture. This could also be a young person who is crafty and enjoys making things. This category also includes young people who excel at writing or have a literary gift.
Star of the Family - a young person who has shown strength and courage in their family. This category includes young people who act as a carer for another family member.
Best Friend of the Year - a young person who has always been there for a friend and stood by them in good times and bad. This is a young person who has gone the extra mile to bring happiness to someone, whatever their age.
Learner of the Year - a pupil or student who has excelled at school or college in a subject area.
Challenging a Disability - a young person with a physical or learning disability who has achieved success in their life. This could be a young person who has battled with their disability, but not let it hold them back in life.
Fundraiser of the Year - a young person/group who has collected tirelessly for a good cause or charity. This category also includes a young person/group who has used their own entrepreneurial initiative to start their own business or venture.
Hero of the Year - a young person who has selflessly helped someone. This could be an act of bravery showing courage beyond their years, and includes young people who have shown courage in difficult times.
Inspiration of the Year - a young person who has inspired another person or group by their own actions or encouragement. This category could also be a young person who has overcome difficulties.
Music Star - a young person or group of young people who can sing, play an instrument or write music. This could be a young person or group with a musical talent that should be recognised.
Stage Star - a young person or group of young people who shine on the stage. This category includes any kind of stage performer, whether it be acting, dancing, magic or comedy.
Star of the Environment - a young person/group who should be commended for their work in helping the environment. This could be helping to support an environmental project, such as planting trees or community clean-ups. This could be a young person/group who has helped local wildlife or a young person/group who goes the extra mile to help animals.
There will also be a Readers’ Choice and an Overall Star award, but these are not nominated by the public.