Teenagers in West Yorkshire scooped a number of awards last week after taking part in a summer scheme which saw them helping to make a positive impact in their communities.
Three teams received prizes for their participation in the i13 Project, which saw 11-18 year olds devise creative and innovative projects that address the concerns and issues raised in local neighbourhoods.
Young people are asked to get together with a few friends and think of a project they can run which will address a problem or concern in their own communities.
Topping the competition was ‘The High School Crime Fighters’ from Frizinghall Girls Group. The team of volunteers was awarded first prize of £1,000 for their work on crime prevention in their local area.
The girls initially produced a crime awareness film, and accompanying materials which would be aimed at communities in the Heaton and Frizinghall areas. Meanwhile, a second project, which interlinked with the previous, was also launched whereby crime prevention meetings were held to canvas local residents with a view to working with Trading Standards to create ‘no cold calling zones’.
Girls from the Kumon Y’All youth organisation in Dewsbury came in second and were awarded £750 for their work on building bridges between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the area, whilst third place, and £500, was awarded to students from Thornhill Academy for a project aiming to educate the community on different cultures.
All three groups were presented with their certificates and prize money by the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Mr Mark Gilmore, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mr Mark Burns-Williamson at an Awards Event at Yorkshire and the Humber Scientific Support Services, Calder Park.
Simon Phillips, Community Engagement Officer at West Yorkshire Police, was extremely proud of all the work done and commemorated the three teams.
He said: “We were extremely impressed by the quality of i13 entries, all of which reflected West Yorkshire Police’s key strategic priorities.
“It is pleasing to see young people displaying a concern for issues that affect their own neighbourhoods. Whilst the three shortlisted projects received recognition at the Awards Evening, all of the projects testify to the fact that community problems can be solved by the communities themselves.”