H&F Youth Achievement Award 2021 #ICYMI

Posted on: 14/05/2021 in
The brightest young stars from across the borough have been honoured for their leadership and volunteering by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Young stars of H&F awarded for their leadership at gala evening

More than a dozen outstanding young people picked up gongs at our Youth Achievement Awards. Education, volunteering, creativity, overcoming adversity and promoting environmental change were among the achievements recognised at the awards, which were streamed live from St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith on Tuesday 4 May.

Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: “Congratulations to the winners and everyone who was nominated. You have shown an invaluable commitment to the borough and should be incredibly proud of what you’ve achieved.

“The past year has been challenging and I very much look forward to following your journeys in the future. You’ve worked hard to make H&F a better place and for that I’m truly grateful.”

Juliana Calisin one of the judges, also said: "As a young person, helping to judge the awards enabled me to have an insight into services within my local community available to young people and to help celebrate and acknowledge all their hard work. Many of the services nominated within the Contribution to Young People Category have been compromised due to the pandemic, but all of them have adapted to continue to help a range of people by providing online arts workshops and donating food bank parcels and PPE to help protect young people and their families."

Winners and runners up

Winners and runners up were chosen across 11 categories, with the awards kicking off by recognising the achievements of a group of friends who went the extra mile to help youngsters struggling during the pandemic.

The award for those making a significant contribution to others was given to Harper Smithard Bailey, Alice Rhys Matthews, Kyra Gulamhuseinwala, Alex Dimitriou and Olivia Broadhurst for organising a tech donation drive to assist pupils across the borough. It led to more than 100 devices and at least £5,200 donated to help local families through the Ready Tech Go social enterprise.

Young Leader

In the Young Leader category, Ali Ghaderi was recognised for his work raising climate change awareness and bringing attention to the ban on asylum seekers working through speaking at the House of Commons, as well as local charity volunteering.

Young Innovator

A pioneering project to create a solar-powered vehicle that would help women and children carry water in developing countries caught the eye of judges in the Young Innovator category.

Barakatullah Kuchai, 15, said he was “surprised and delighted” to win the award after just three years in the UK following a move from Afghanistan.

“It is a big thing for me, because there are so many other great nominations,” said the Year 10 pupil from Fulham Cross Academy. “My whole family has been very excited and I think the award will help me a lot in my career, as I want to go into engineering and technology.”

Inspired by his dad, a trained civil engineer who is currently studying for a doctorate in building physics, Barakatullah added he hopes to pursue his dreams at university in Cambridge or London.

Covid Champion

After more than a year of the pandemic creating challenges and heartache for people across the borough, Nina Anderson was recognised for her work as a Covid Champion.

In April last year, just after the first lockdown, Nina set up Community Senior Letters, a non-profit community project that matches students in schools with residents in care homes, providing the elderly with human connection to help ease feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The project has extended to pupils from more than 250 schools across the world writing hundreds of thousands of letters over the past year to elderly people.

Green Champion

Another key focus for the future is climate action and Year 12 pupil Tian Hsu was celebrated as H&F’s Green Champion for her dedication to positive environmental change.

The pupil from St Paul’s Girls’ School is a leading member of the London Schools Eco-Network and was an ambassador for November’s Youth Climate Summit , as well as running a weekly discussion group open to young people from all schools.

Achievement in Education

The Achievement in Education award was handed to Bilal Samar, who impressed tutors at South Thames College with his work ethic in the face of multiple challenges

Young Volunteer

Working to help homeless people during the pandemic alongside the Under One Sky organisation saw Hazel Genieser awarded the top spot for Young Volunteer, after she launched a youth initiative bringing her classmates on board the charitable project.

Young Performer of the Year

The awards also recognised excellence in performance and arts, with Molly Craze-Williams scooping Young Performer of the Year for her collaboration with the Bush Theatre, which led to the budding playwright creating and performing her own project on abusive relationships.

Young Artist

Camille Hodder, who has cerebral palsy and visual impairment, was celebrated in the Young Artist category for her dedication to writing children’s novels in her spare time, which she hopes to publish in the future.

The 20-year-old, who is part of a traineeship at the Town Hall and studies at West London College, said she was “shaking and crying” when she found out she had won.

“It was such a surprise and I feel so proud of myself,” said Camille. “But for me, it’s not just about winning, but about giving yourself the best possible chance in life.”

In addition, H&F Mencap Youth Development Project was handed the Contribution to Young People award, for its tailor-made programmes offering support to young people with complex needs aged 13-25. While Khani Hills was recognised in the Overcoming Adversity category.

Youth Achievement Awards

Organised by H&F’s Youth Council and the Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation, with the support of local businesses and organisations, the awards were a chance for peers, teachers, youth or social workers and practitioners to recognise the contribution made by young people aged 11-25 over the past two years.

The special virtual celebration event was hosted by H&F’s Youth Mayor Scarlett Knowles and Youth Councillor Marley Billing Delapenha. Performances from pianist Ayoor Wassagou, singer Mia Wilmshurst and dancers from Turtle Key Arts also featured.


Young person who has made a significant contribution to others

Harper Smithard Bailey

Alice Rhys Matthews

Kyra Gulamhuseinwala

Olivia Broadhurst

Alex Dimitriou

Alfie Neil (Runner up)

Fatima Ahmed (Runner up)

Young LeaderAli Ghaderi

Marley Billing- Delapenha (Runner up)

Overcoming Adversity

Khani Hills

Athena Allawan (Runner up)

Sebastian Dawkins (Runner up)

Achievement in educationBilal Samar

Kiya Miller-Dehaney (Runner up)

Octavia Asagba (Runner up)

Young volunteer

Hazel Genieser

Carlos Marquez Acosta (Runner up)

Fred Gill (Runner up)

Young ArtistCamille Holder

Jimena Ramsey (Runner up)

Helen Lopez (Runner up)

Young Innovator

Barakatullah Kuchai

Grace Farsides (Runner up)

Esugen Enkhsuren (Runner up)

Covid Champion

Nina Anderson

Jerusalum Abebe (Runner up)

Young PerformerMolly Craze-Williams

Inaya Salam (Runner up)

Ernie Dix (Runner up)

Green Champion

Tian Hsu

Alexandra Pilz (Runner up)

Jia Huan Le He (Runner up)

Contribution to Young People Award

H&F Mencap Youth Development Project

The Steven Wiltshire Centre Delivery Team (Runner up) Jonty Yin (Runner up)