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YSJ partner for the Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Awards

Category: Awards, BAME, Educational, BAME Inclusion, Award, York St John University, Education Solutions, BAME Diversity, education, Asian Inclusion, Yorkshire

Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicity (BAME).

High achievers from all sectors of business are being sought for a new awards scheme aimed at recognising the skills and abilities of Yorkshire’s young South Asian communities.

The Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers awards (the YAYAs) is the first scheme of its kind set up to recognise the efforts of young people aged 16-30, of South Asian heritage living and working in the county.

Its special focus is on those socially-mobile young achievers who have overcome deprivation and disadvantage or have broken through traditional barriers to progress.

The awards aim to:

  • Promote social mobility among young South Asians
  • Identify role models to help inspire others from the relevant communities
  • Encourage young South Asians to seek out and take up further and higher education opportunities

Working in association with their headline partners, York St John University, the YAYAs are being organised by the Bradford-based QED Foundation, a registered charity which exists to improve the social and economic position of disadvantaged communities in partnership with public, private and civil society organisations. It has been creating opportunities for all since 1990 and all proceeds from the awards will go towards its work.

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE, chief executive of QED, said: “Yorkshire is the big beating heart of the Northern Powerhouse with more than 600,000 BME residents, the vast majority of whom are of South Asian origin.

“Statistics show young people of South Asian origin in Yorkshire continue to struggle to overcome disadvantages in making their way in the world, be that in education, employment or social mobility generally.

“But we know there are many young, dynamic, hard-working young people achieving great things in the Yorkshire business community.

“In all categories, we are seeking to recognise success and effort in overcoming challenges and barriers to progress, be they social, economic, personal or simply the result of traditional or historical attitudes or circumstances.

“In each area, we’re looking for beacons of success and achievement who can inspire others and be the role models that the young people who follow them can aspire to become and even overshadow.”

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