Owen joined YMCA Mendip’s Street Youth Club when he was 11 years old after reading an article in the local paper that the youth club would be opening again. At the time, Owen had no friends and was not confident when talking to new people.
Since becoming a member five years ago, Owen has taken every opportunity to get involved with workshops, activities, trips, funding, community work, training, sports and much more.
Owen has taken a lead role in the Action 4 Youth Council, which has extended his knowledge, learning and skills in areas such as; public speaking, funding, community events and attending a training residential.
Owen’s journey with YMCA Mendip has been consistent; and both rewarding for staff and young people that have worked with him. He is now more confident and his friendship group has grown much bigger, with his social skills with groups and individuals having improved.
Owen still remains a loyal member of the club and rarely misses a session. Now volunteering at Street Youth Club, he continues to support YMCA Mendip and local young people by planning events, delivering school assemblies, writing risk assessments, budgeting, and hiring and buying equipment.
He interacts with local and county counsellors and this year we were thrilled to see him receive a Young Citizen Award.
“As Owen’s youth worker, I would like to recommend him for this award as his long term and ongoing commitment to making a positive impact for young people is inspiring”. Andrea White, Youth & Community Team Leader
Please spare a few minutes to vote for Owen Kenny, who deserves to be recognised as a young man making a difference in his community.
The online public vote opens on 8 August and runs until midnight on 22 August. Vote Owen Kenny for YMCA Young Leader of the Year 2018 at www.ymca.org.uk/vote and YMCA England & Wales on Twitter to join the conversation using #YMCAYouthAwards
Thank you on behalf of Owen and YMCA Mendip for your support.