Y Care International is the international development arm of the YMCA. Each year, the YMCA England & Wales host the Youth Matters Awards to honor people, staff and volunteers for their outstanding achievements, inspiring feats against adversity and tireless dedication to provoke change.
This year we are thrilled to have two nominees up for the Young Leader Award and the Young Achiever categories. Read their inspiring stories and the change that the award could potentially make.
The nominees are…… (drumroll please)
Shadhin Dewan – Young Achiever Nominee
Shadhin is a beneficiary of Y Care International in Bangladesh. He is up for the Young Achiever Award with his inspiring story!
Despite his parents not being able to afford his education, Shadhin funded his own education and, with support from Y Care International has now gone on to create the ‘Promise Foundation’. The foundation helps to educate his community about the negative effects of child marriage and gender equalities. Initially, the group had 7 members. It now has 103 and has prevented 17 early marriages taking place in the community. As well as this, the members all donate 25 Taka (25p) per month that helps support 2 orphans and their education.
An inspiring young man, Shadhin wants to continue to grow the foundation regionally. The prize for this category is monetary and therefore could go a long way in supporting his ambition and help the ‘Promise Foundation’ realise its potential.
Natalie, who works as a Civil Engineer, completed an ICS Team Leader placement with Y Care International in 2017. She was placed at Lome YMCA in Togo in 2017 where she led a team of ten young people from the UK and the local community in Togo to improve the economic opportunities for young people.
Natalie helps promote engineering and technology to young people, breaking down the misconceptions about the contruction industry and women in engineering. She is the CSR representative for her company and inspires her colleagues to colunteer for initiatives that tackle local issues in Tower Hamlets.
Natalie is also on Y Care International’s Youth Engagment Panel where she is helping shape a future international youth volunteering programme.