Jack Petchey Foundation recognises young people from Lambeth for amazing achievements
80 incredible young people from schools and colleges in Lambeth received their prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards presented at a live digital event.
The digital event celebrated Achievement Award winners aged 11-25 from Lambeth for their contributions to their school/college community. Winners received medallions and framed certificates from the Foundation prior to the online event along with a £250 grant for them to spend to benefit their school or youth group.
In addition, two adults were awarded Leader Awards for demonstrating outstanding ability to motivate young people. They each received a medallion and a framed certificate.
Achievement Award winners include Ernest Pearn-Lewis, aged 13, from Woodmansterne School and Children’s Care.
Ernie was awarded the Jack Petchey Achievement Award for his active participation in various roles in the school. These include the football team, school council, peer-mediator, as well as some charity work outside of school.
Ernie said: “Year 7 has been a very fun year and my contribution is different as I work as a community not by myself in various activities in school. There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about – such as the Homelessness Project.”
Ernie helped to organise a fundraising event for the Homelessness Project by “sleeping rough” in the school playground for the night.
Award winner Ernest decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a professional basketball coach for the school’s team along with another student’s grant.
Adem Mustafa, aged 14, who also attends Woodmansterne School and Children’s Care.
Adem is a popular student who always makes the effort to make friends with new pupils to make sure they feel welcome to the school. When pupils were asked, they described Adem as displaying strong Woodmansterne values and ethics.
A respected prefect, member of the basketball team, school band and house captain, Adem is a positive ambassador for contributing actively to school life. Finally, Adem has been actively involved in fundraising and charity drives, such as volunteering at the Christmas Fair and winning the school’s talent competition for his dancing… twice!
Award winner Adem decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant sports club equipment for the school.
Arisha Ayub, aged 14, who also attends Woodmansterne School and Children’s Care.
Arisha has worked extra hard this year in both her academic work and other challenges. She is active in the school community by helping in the school fair, working with primary peers on ADT projects and helping tutor maths to younger students.
Arisha said: “I always put my absolute best into everything I do… I believe that with unity anything can be achieved.”
Award winner Arisha decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a professional basketball coach for the school’s team along with another student’s grant.
For further information contact Woodmansterne School’s Jack Petchey Coordinator, Abida Ahmad at [email protected] . DETAILS NOT FOR PUBLICATION
Sir Jack founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. Since then the Foundation has supported over 2,000 initiatives for young people across London and Essex and has invested over £133m.
Sir Jack Petchey CBE aged 95, said: “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”
The Jack Petchey Foundation has worked with schools and youth groups across Lambeth providing £1.5m in funding to schools and youth clubs in the local area.