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Award for city’s top teens

The search for Belfast’s outstanding teens got underway this week with the launch of the council’s annual Young People’s Awards.

The awards reward people under 21, involved in positive projects that are making a real difference in their communities, with a top prize of £1,000.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the awards are held in partnership with its Youth Forum, Belfast Community Safety Partnership, Thomas Devlin Trust, Youth Justice Agency and Belfast District Policing Partnership.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Pat Convery said: “Over the last few years we have seen young people from across the city getting some of the recognition they deserve and once again we’re inviting nominations for the 2011 awards, which will be held in City Hall next March.”

This year young people can nominate themselves and can even submit a short video.

Elaine McWilliams, from the council’s community safety team, said nominations needed to provide as much detail as possible about the project, so that judges can see the impact on thecommunity.

Nominations close on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, and entrants must live in the Belfast City Council area.

For more information visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/ypa

Belfast Telegraph