Headline sponsors Microsoft are just one of the brands to support the BYA Awards, an event that celebrates the achievements and contributions of young people of African Caribbean heritage throughout the country.
Nominations were received in 14 categories and the shortlisted finalists were announced on 1st October. On Sunday 23rd November at the Walthamstow Assembly Halls in London, all the finalists will attend the black tie event and the winner of each category will receive their well deserved award.
The BYA Awards serve as a platform to promote positive images and role models within the community and also provide an opportunity for personal, social and career development through key partnerships with major organisations. Founder Kay Oldroyd said “It’s always our pleasure and an honour to be able to further develop and nurture the skills and talents of our younger generations. One of the ways that we will be doing that this time, is through our partnership with CISCO Networking Academy and starting in January 2015 we will be offering 30 fully funded places for 16 – 19 year olds to gain training and a qualification that will give them global employment opportunities.”
Presentations will be made by sponsors Microsoft; Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis, British Council; Javed Khan, CEO of Barnardo’s; Channel 4’s ‘4 Talent’; Professor Robert Livingston, Chair of University of Sussex LEAD (Centre of Leadership, Ethics and Diversity); Enterprise Lab; The Latest; Chinara Enterprises; Whitnon Consulting; Dysfunktional Music; Information Security Specialist Mark Johnson and Winston Goode of London Youth.
BAFTA award winner Adam Deacon will host the eagerly awaited black-tie event. He said “When I was growing up there was hardly anything that really celebrated the things kids worked hard at in their lives. Once we start showing our young people that we appreciate their efforts through award ceremonies like BYA Awards, they start feeling good about themselves and push themselves even more to achieve.
I am proud to have been invited to host this year’s BYA Awards on 23rd November and look forward to an inspiring day.”
Tickets are on sale now. Guests will enjoy a 3 course lunch followed by entertainment, international guest speaker Dr Anita Davis-DeFoe and the exciting announcement of the BYA Award winners.
Patrons of the BYA Awards are 2013 X-Factor finalists and UK recording artists ‘Rough Copy’. Group member Kaz Ajobo said “We are honoured to be patrons of the BYA Awards. I was a finalist in 2011 for the BYA Awards and now stand as an ambassador. We believe that it’s very important for young people to have positive role models to relate to.”