Woman and Boy Three PeopleOne hundred and seven young people from 15 senior schools and three clubs in Ealing came together to receive prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards presented at Greenford Assembly Hall on Thursday 4th February 2016.
The event honoured Achievement Award winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £200, already presented. They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements big and small but always for doing their best.
Eight adults were also celebrated with Leader Awards who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, an ability to motivate young people. They received a medallion and a framed certificate.
Youth organisations in Ealing have received funding of £558,000 from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started in 2005.
Cllr Dr Patricia Walker, Deputy Mayor of Ealing said “We are very proud of our young people in Ealing and it was such a joy to see the outstanding achievements of the winners. They are a credit to their teachers, their parents and the Jack Petchey professionals they’ve been working with. I hope they will be an example to their peers and fellow students to believe in themselves, to aspire and to achieve. I so enjoyed participating in the ceremony.”
Cllr Binda Rai, Cabinet portfolio holder: Children and Young People, Ealing Council said “All Ealing’s young people are so inspirational in their own way. Just imagine if each one of them inspires one other young person to achieve, what a wonderful cascade effect we would achieve in the borough for the betterment of our community. It’s possible to do this because our young people have such inner strength and talent to do so, just as Jack Petchey has done, I wish them all the best to be whatever they want to be.”
Winners included Anayis Der Hakopian, aged 16 uses the Centre for Armenian Information and Advice. For over three years, Anayis has developed into a confident and hard working young person. She has been actively involved in pursuing her talents in film and media. This has involved; joining Questers Theatre group for film making classes; making her own short film; entering this in a young people’s competition and becoming a runner-up. She has given a workshop about comic books and Hollywood films at the centre’s youth club which inspired other young people, creating posters for youth events and organising their Halloween party. Anayis has now become a positive role model for the younger members of the youth club regularly helping out there.
She decided to use the £200 award as a contribution towards a two day residential the centre held at Woodrow High House. Without this additional £200 they would not have been able to take all the 35 young people who benefited from the various team building and personal development activities at the residential.
Other winner included another young Armenian Mikey Kouwiloyan who attends CAIA’s Hayashen Armenian Youth Club and CAIA’s Youth Worker Argam Shahenian who received a Jack Petchy Foundation Leaders Award.
Newly knighted Sir Jack founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. Since then it has provided support to a wide range of 2,000 youth initiatives across London and Essex and a reached a milestone investment of £100m.
Sir Jack Petchey, aged 90, said “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”
 Girl With Medal