Wolverhampton Young Citizen Awards

Do you know someone who has gone the extra mile - whose personal courage, care for others, achievement or contribution to the community should be recognised and celebrated? If so, why not nominate them for a Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the Year Award?

The 2020 Awards had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. However, in 2021, there will be a major change where the age limit for nominees has been extended to 25. There will be awards for those aged 13-18 and 19-25.

After such a terrible year, many young people deserve recognition for their service to others.

Nominations may be made by family members, friends, teachers, youth leaders and other professionals, employers or anyone who has recognised the achievements of the young person in question.

The awards will be made to young people between the ages of 13 and 18 and between 19 and 25 who live, study or work within the Wolverhampton boundary.


About the award

This award is dedicated to Tom Warren, the city and the movement he served with distinction.

Tom was a Wolverhampton Rotarian and served as Director of Education for 25 years. He retired from that post in 1945, to become only the second Briton ever to lead Rotary International throughout the world. In doing so he became one of a small group of Rotarians involved in the groundwork which lead to the formation of the United Nations.


Important dates

Launch date
1 March 2021
Nominations close
31 May 2021
Finalists informed
18 June 2021*
Award Ceremony
8 July 2021*

* The selection process has been delayed and so interviews and the awards ceremony have been postponed until September.

2019 finalists



Samuel Iyawe, Moreton School, aged 14
The vice chair of the city's Children in Care Council, Nigeria-born Samuel is a voice for young people in the city, and has worked hard to improve the lives of youngsters in the care system.

Runners up

Jude Aston, Highfields School, aged 14
Jude suffers from cerebral palsy but has refused to let the condition hold him back. A YouTube vlogger and mainstay of the school's TV channel, he gives speeches encouraging others to overcome barriers.

Melvin Riley, St Peter's School, aged 17
Melvin is involved in the HeadStart B-Safe programme, where he is a passionate advocate for young people on safeguarding issues. Has raised awareness of issues including child neglect, CSE, bullying and knife crime.

Highly Commended

Neve Francis, Moseley Park School, aged 14
An ambassador and a role model for other pupils at her school, Neve recovered from cancer as a baby and devotes her time to fundraising and helping others.

Katia Medjdoub, Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy, aged 17
A young leader at her school, Algeria-born Katia is part of the National Citizen Service programme, and has given up her time to raise awarenesses – and funds – for youth homelessness.

Clinton Omoruyi, Heath Park School, aged 15
Clinton came to Wolverhampton via Nigeria and Spain. He is a Spanish Young Interpreter for families and friends associated with the school, and plays an active role in helping new students settle into school life.

Eve Williams, home schooled, aged 14
An inspirational member of The Way Youth Zone where she helps out with young children, Eve also volunteers at community hubs around the city, as well as teaching youngsters to swim.

Nominate online - Now closed

Nominations for 2021 are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate. All finalists will be informed before 18th June and interviews will take place on 24th June.