By: Ellen Teague
Who are those remarkable young people you know who make our communities and our world a better place? Million Minutes has announced that there is still time to nominate for the third year of their initiative to celebrate young people. The deadline for nominations is 13 October.
The 2017 Awards will be presented in central London on 23 November, just a few days before National Youth Sunday. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool will be the guest of honour and will present one lucky recipient with this year's Pope Francis Award.
The awards celebrate the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the young people across England and Wales who are putting these principles into practice. Million Minutes is pleased that St Mary's University, Twickenham, is once again partnering with them to deliver the Awards. Categories include: Cardinal Hume Award – Living out the option for the poor, Barbara Ward Award – Caring for the Environment; and the Jimmy Mizen Award – Promoting Solidarity and Peace.
In 2016 nearly 250 young people were nominated for awards in six categories, celebrating how they put Catholic Social Teaching into action. Million Minutes received inspiring nominations telling of young carers, volunteers and passionate campaigners, to name just a few. Nominations were drawn from schools, parishes, organisations and individuals throughout England and Wales.
Million Minutes is a charity founded in 2011. It raises money and supports youth action and advocacy activities that give voice and support to young people to transform their lives and their world, inspired by Catholic social teaching. It supports young people making a difference through participation in society, assuming responsibility and developing as leaders. It works alongside other organisations, including the Foundation for Jimmy, Cardinal Hume Centre, and the Young Christian Workers. Its champions include TV chef Delia Smith, Fr Christopher Jamison OSB and Margaret Mizen OBE, mother of Jimmy Mizen, who was murdered in 2008, who now runs Foundation for Jimmy.
To nominate see: http://millionminutes.org/awards/