Teen nominated for award after hard work at Mansfield youth centre

Amna Naeem aged 16 has been nominated for a 4Uth youth award - organised by Nottinghamshire County Council
Amna Naeem aged 16 has been nominated for a 4Uth youth award - organised by Nottinghamshire County Council

A 16-year-old has been nominated for top youth award for her hard work supporting other youngsters across the county.

Amna Naeem has been nominated for the annual 4Uth Awards by youth leaders at myplace @ Westfield Folkhouse Young People’s Centre in Mansfield for her ‘outstanding achievements’.

The teenager, from Newark, has also been instrumental in helping other peers to make the Prevent programme relevant and engaging to young people across the county.

The awards are organised by Nottinghamshire County Council to promote the achievements of exceptional young people.

Councillor Liz Plant, vice-chairman of the children and young people’s committee, said: “Amna is an extremely talented young person who is inspiring others with her achievements and efforts to support and engage with others.

“She can be rightly proud of her nomination for this year’s 4Uth awards.”

Amna and her family moved to the UK some years ago from Pakistan and she attends the Magnus Church of England School in Newark where she is studying for her GCSE’s.

She describes herself as an optimistic, reflective and artistic person who is passionate about music including playing the Flute in the school band.

Through her role in the school band Amna has taken part in providing music concerts and performances with the band, to other children and to members of the elderly community.

Amna has been a member of the Newark and Sherwood Youth Forum for some time, and has contributed to the development of the Prevent programme and supporting other young people through activities.

She was nominated for the 4Uth award by youth leader Aimee Sharpe who says that Amna plays a crucial role within this piece of work, by shaping and developing ideas and methods in order to challenge assumptions and stereotypes of young people.

Amna is active in her local community and to wider society through volunteering at the British Heart Foundation every weekend, giving her time to volunteering and always with a caring and positive attitude.

She is also very supportive of other young people in school for whom English is not their first language and helping them to gain confidence and friendship.

Amna is just one of the many young people who have already been nominated for the 2016 4Uth Awards.

Young stars who have been nominated will be promoted on social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram.

Click here for the full story about the nominations.

Nominations are open now until June 10.

Panels will then shortlist three top nominees and select winners from each district to receive awards at the County Hall on October 28.

For more information, visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/4uth.

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