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?

There are awards for those aged 13-18 and 19-25 for those young people that 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.

Devised and organised by the Rotary Clubs of: 

Important dates

Launch date
1 March 2023
Nominations close
31 May 2023
Finalists informed
Award Ceremony

2022 Finalists

2022 Winners
Finalists of the Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the Year Awards 2022 celebrate their success with the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE (centre right), Roger Timbrell, Chair of the Awards Organising Committee and Rotarian (right), and Lisa Potts, guest of honour at the awards and Honorary Freewoman of the City of Wolverhampton (second from right)

Young Wulfrunians were recognised for their outstanding community efforts at this year’s Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the Year Awards.

The event, which is devised and sponsored by the city’s Rotary Clubs, was hosted by the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE in the Mayoral Suite at the Civic Centre last week.

It saw nine of the city’s most community-minded young people shortlisted in two age groups – 13 to 18 years old and 19 to 25 years old.

As in previous years, the judges faced the difficult task of whittling down a number of nominations to the shortlist, with two winners being declared overall.

The winner in the 13 to 18-year-old category was Keisha Riley, a 15-year-old from Bilston. Keisha was nominated by the Afro Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI) for her extensive support to the service. Keisha is also a member of youth voice groups in the city, including Wolverhampton Youth Council and had an extensive involvement in the city’s National Lottery funded HeadStart project, which came to an end in 2021.

Keisha said: “It was amazing to win the award, as not only did I win it for myself and ACCI, but I won it for my community.”

Runner-up in this category was former Wolverhampton Girls’ High School pupil Ramandeep Nijjar, 18, nominated by a fellow pupil for her service at school and in her community.

The winner of the 19 to 25-year-old category was 20-year-old Kye Barton, who was nominated for his outstanding work supporting care leavers in Wolverhampton though the city’s Care Leavers Forum. A care leaver himself, Kye now works for the city’s Strengthening Families Hub service, which offers early help and support to children, young people and families across the city.

Kye said: “It is with great pleasure to accept the award for Citizen of the Year. Not only does this award recognise the hard work of the forum I lead but hopefully also provides an inspiration for other children in care and care leavers that they are more than capable of achieving greatness and have a real impact on their communities."

Runner-up was Emma Falconer, 19, for outstanding leadership displayed in the Bilston Girl Guides and her wider community service.

The winners received a trophy and £100 for themselves and £100 for a charity of their choice, with the runners-up getting a trophy and £50 for the charity of their choice.

Special recognition awards were also presented to Louis Johnson, 16, for his outstanding charity work which has seen him raise of £48,000 for over 18 charities since he was the age of nine, and Megan Baynham, 22, for her work in championing the voice and rights of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) through the city’s HY5! youth voice group.

And in recognition of the outstanding quality of all this year’s finalists, Caroline Smith, 16, Annette Okeke, 18 and Molly Kerin, 18, each received a donation to a charity of their choice.

Mayor Councillor Samuels OBE said: “On behalf of Mayoral and the City of Wolverhampton Council, I wish to congratulate our extraordinary Young Citizen of The Year finalists and winners for 2022. These exceptional young people have gone above and beyond, providing support and services to our communities and organisations across the city. Well done to them all.”

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The nominations that were received for this year's Young Citizen of the Year just go to underline the fact that we have so many amazing young people in our city, and I would like to congratulate everyone involved."

The awards are spearheaded by the city’s Rotary Clubs alongside the council, Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation, the Express and Star, The Way Youth Zone, Carvers Building Supplies Ltd and Wednesfield Magazine and celebrate 13 to 25-year-olds who live, learn or work in the city and have gone the extra mile to help other people or organisations.

Nominate online

Please note, nominations for the 2023 awards are now closed.

If you have any further questions regarding nomintions or the awards please email youngcitizen@wolverhampton.gov.uk