Lifetime Honour for National Youth Agency Young Intern
13 September 2010
6 September 2010
National Youth Agency young intern Belinda Fumai has been honoured with a prestigious Diana Award for being an inspirational role model.
The Diana Award is a unique lifetime honour, presented to individual young people for their compassion, outstanding and selfless contribution to their communities.
Belinda, who is 19 years old, has been chosen for the Award because of her passionate commitment to advocating on behalf of young people and ensuring that their voice is heard and recognised in society.
These exceptional award holders are positive role models and challenge negative stereotypes of young people. They are rewarded by automatically becoming members of the Diana Alumni programme, enabling them to continue their hard work and provide them with the skills to develop to their full potential.
Fiona Blacke, National Youth Agency chief executive, said: “We are delighted for Belinda and are exceptionally proud of her achievements. She is a tremendous role model for young people.
“There are many negative stereotypes of young people in society and we hope that through this award and Belinda’s activities some of these myths will be dispelled.”
On receiving the award, Belinda Fumai said: “I am delighted and honoured to have my work recognised in this way. I am passionate about ensuring young people’s role in society is valued and I would implore other young people to get involved in their community.”
Maggie Turner OBE and chief executive of the Diana Award commented: “This highly prestigious award gives young people, of all abilities, circumstances and cultures, recognition at a time when their life choices are still to be made, enabling them to make a real positive difference to their communities.
“As individuals, Award holders change lives, but as a group of community entrepreneurs they have the power and ambition to build the cohesive society in which we would all like to live.”
To read about Belinda’s experiences as a young intern at the National Youth Agency Visit - http://www.nya.org.uk/blog/belinda-s-blog or to make a nomination for the Diana Award visit – www.diana-award.org.uk
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