The awards, for young people aged 11 – 19, are organised by Manchester Youth Council on behalf of the city council, and were sponsored by a number of local businesses and organisations including Young Manchester and One Education.
More than 40 young people, schools, or youth groups made it through to this year’s finals. Awards were made in thirteen different award categories including leadership, volunteering, charitable fundraising, equality and diversity, caring, and commitment to green issues.
Winners included Minnahil Rashid and Maham Shahzad who together won the Equality and Diversity Award for having been an integral part of helping to support a Girls Only Premier League Kicks project in Levenshulme.
The pair are described as natural leaders who have supported their peers to overcome many cultural and social barriers to girls, particularly from an Asian background, taking part in football sessions. Keen footballers themselves, they helped the football project in Levenshulme grow from just a handful of girls taking part at the start of the season to an astonishing 47 girls attending sessions by the end of it – 93% of whom were from a black, Asian, or minority ethnic background.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: “Young people in our city do amazing things every day and all too often these things go unnoticed. The Youth Buzz Awards give us the chance to shout about and reward them for their achievements and for the fantastic things they do – not just for themselves, but often also for the good of their peers or the wider community.
“It’s very clear from the standard of all of this year’s nominees that the future of Manchester is in very good hands. A massive well done to all of them and don’t stop doing what you do – you really are making a difference.”
Remsha Asif, co-host of the Youth Buzz Awards ceremony and a member of the Youth Parliament for Manchester who has represented Manchester at local regional and national meetings, said: “It was a fantastic experience hosting the awards for the first time. It was a great opportunity to recognise and thank young people for their amazing work and to showcase their achievements.
“The Manchester Buzz Awards is an inspiration for young people to help Manchester be the best city for young people and let everyone know we are the future!