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Lord-Lieutenant's award for young people

The Lord-Lieutenant, Mike Kapur, is celebrating the achievements of young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Nominations for the 2021 Lord-Lieutenant's award for young people are now closed.​

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Young People was established in 2003 to celebrate the efforts and achievements of Young People between the ages of 13-19 from across the city and county. The awards are split into four categories:

  • Young Braveheart
  • Young Artist
  • Young Leader
  • Young Volunteer.

An overall winner is then chosen from the finalists in each category.

Due to the ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19, the 2020 awards were held virtually, allowing the Lord-Lieutenant, Mike Kapur to recognise and celebrate our most outstanding young people, before the launch of the 2021 awards in December. Unfortunately, the lingering impacts of the pandemic have meant that the 2021 awards have now had to be postponed all together and the Lord-Lieutenant and his Awards panel have come up with an alternative way to engage with Leicester and Leicestershire’s young people. 

Image showing a virtual call of the Lord-Lieutenants awards for young people 2020

Above: The Lord-Lieutenants Awards for Young People 2020 took place virtually!

For 2021, the Lieutenancy has designed a virtual resource pack, to celebrate the resilience and bravery that young people across Leicestershire have shown during the pandemic. The free resource pack is available to download now and contains an open letter from the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Kapur, thanking young people and the adults around them for the resilience, strength and fortitude shown in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pack also contains resources from the awards’ sponsors, and case studies on past Lord-Lieutenants Award winners with updates regarding their pandemic experience and what the award has meant to them. You’ll also find guidance on how to engage with the Lieutenancy via social media, so young people can message with their Covid-19 experience and how the pandemic has affected them.

“Young people have demonstrated a remarkable resolve in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected every aspect of our lives in the past year. Through our virtual engagement pack, I hope to thank them for their bravery, and offer support from the Lieutenancy in this trying time. I am looking forward to hearing from amazing young people across the county about how Covid-19 has affected them.”

You can download the virtual engagement pack now from this webpage!

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The 2022 Awards will launch in December 2021, and we hope that a physical ceremony may be possible in May the following year. Individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent or carer, as well as any other agency or individual. If you know a young person whose bravery, dedication, creativity, strength of spirit and selflessness deserves wider recognition, please consider nominating them later this year.


  • The award is open to young people aged 13-19 living or attending full-time education in Leicester or Leicestershire
  • The young person can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent/carer or any other agency
  • Joint or group nominations cannot be accepted
  • Previous finalists should not be nominated again unless there is a fresh story to tell.

There will be a separate award for each category. From the winners of these categories, one person will be announced as Lord-Lieutenant's Young Person of the Year 2021.

Award categories

1. Young Braveheart of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has:

  • overcome personal barriers to achieve success
  • made a stand against bullying, racism etc
  • demonstrated a life-saving act of bravery

2. Young Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has:

  • enhanced their local community or environment
  • cared for a neighbour or relative in need
  • helped to run a community or sports based club or society

3. Young Artist of the Year (The Joe Humphries Memorial Award)

Joe was a talented young person with a passion for the arts. Joe passed away unexpectedly in 2012 with SADS (Sudden Arrythymic Death Syndrome). You can read more on the Joe Humphries Memorial website

Awarded to a young person who has demonstrates real skill, innovation, and expression in:

  • visual arts
  • expressive arts
  • literature
  • music

4. Young Leader of the Year (new category)

Awarded to an individual who has:

  • motivated and inspired those around them by leading a project or change for the better
  • lead a team or group to success, overcoming obstacles and bringing people together
  • shown commitment, promise and determination

5. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Special Achievement Award

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Special Achievement Award is given to recognise the contribution that young people make to their community in exceptional circumstances. 

The inaugural award will be given to young people, aged 13 to 19, who have volunteered in some way to assist with the response to the spread of the coronavirus.

The award will recognise those who:

  • Have shown great strength and enthusiasm in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus
  • Have gone out of their way to help those around them and the vulnerable
  • Have used their imagination and creativity to keep the spirits up of those around them

All who are nominated will receive a special certificate from the Lord-Lieutenant and the four most outstanding nominees will be invited to a celebratory reception at County Hall, along side the other category finalists of the Lord-Lieutenant Awards for Young People 2021.

The category winners from The Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Young People 2019

Pictured above: the category winners from The Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Young People 2019.

Previous ceremonies

Want to see more? Take a look at the 2019 awards ceremony photo gallery

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