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Where are the most inspiring examples of Christian youth work? The 2012 Christian Youth Work Awards is setting out to find the people and stories, which demonstrate just what’s possible when passion and skill meet faith and a commitment to serve young people.
From June through to the 21st of September, hundreds of church members, youth workers and young people themselves will be nominating their choices in one of five categories in the 2012 Christian Youth Work Awards.
Nominations are a simple process using the online form at www.youthworkawards.co.uk and will be judged by a group of youth workers and, of course, young people themselves. The winners will receive a prize and be presented with their Award by the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, in November.
Commenting on the awards, Archbishop Dr. John Sentamu said, ‘I’m delighted to be able to host this prestigious event at Bishopthorpe. To see Christian youth work going from strength to strength across the country is both inspiring and challenging, particularly in these difficult times. I'm humbled by the example set by those who give their time to Christian youth work on a voluntary basis. We need to encourage innovative youth work that puts the needs of young people first.’
Each Award is being sponsored by a Christian organization that shares in the aim of highlighting good practice and inspiring youth work. The London School of Theology (LST) is sponsoring the prize of a weekend break and cinema vouchers for a hard-working volunteer.
The five categories highlight both those who are excelling in their youth work (paid youth workers and volunteers) as well as special Awards for the most innovative youth work project and the best Christian youth work resource. In addition, there is an Award for the best Christian employer.
One of the founders of the Awards, Chris Curtis, part of the ‘We Love Our Youth Worker!’ team, said:
“As Christians, working with young people is part of our service to God. We are motivated not just by their needs, but by our commitment to following in the footsteps of Jesus. We seek to do it in His strength and through His Spirit. We don't do it for recognition and we certainly don't do it to receive an Award. However, we also know how important it is to encourage each other in the Body of Christ, and that's why these Awards exist. By highlighting just a few of those doing youth work, we hope we'll inspire and encourage us all.”
Nominations can be made via the web site www.youthworkawards.co.uk
The eligibility criteria for each award are on the web site and we encourage nominations from young people.
The Awards are a joint project between:
‘We Love Our Youth Worker!’ (The National Charter for Church Youth Workers)
& Youthwork magazine
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